Monday, October 5, 2009
Most bands lose the plot - it's bound to happen in a long career. When I listen to Matt Pond PA's later material, it's apparent that they've gone off course, but that's fine. Like baseball players, you can't rely on the same methods day-in and day-out - you need to constantly reinvent yourself, and up until '04, MPPA did just that.
Listening to the new Ken Flagg album, I am reminded of those sweet, finely crafted pop songs that Matt Pond PA was able to create so efficiently. While the album is not flawless, it's full of bright spots, like the not that depressing "Funeral" and album opener "Pieces."