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Matthew West
Happy



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 11 tracks
Street Date: December 26, 2003


Matthew West is another newcomer to CCM, squeezing the release of his debut solo record in before the close of the 2003 year. Happy is a unique alt-pop record that couldn't have been given a better title. West's vocal styles vary quite greatly as his similarities range from Bebo Norman to Aaron Spiro to Daily Planet. Musically, Happy offers rock-glazed upbeat pop with boisterous moments like the title track and more laid back ones like the melodic "The Turnaround."

For the most part, West isn't extraordinarily innovative or different, but he injects personality and heart into his recordings, helping them to stand out from the rest in the pop/rock genre. Matthew West's debut Happy may not be the best release from a new artist in 2003, but it's a promising one. I can see West having a lot more in the coming years of his career in CCM, so keep an eye out for this elated young man.

- PReviewed 12/2/03; Review date: 1/13/04, written by John DiBiase


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. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Sparrow Records / Universal South
. Album length: 11 tracks
. Street Date: December 26, 2003
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. More
  2. Happy
  3. The Turnaround
  4. I Can't Hear You
  5. You Know Where To Find Me
  6. The End
  7. Out Of My Hands
  8. The Lie
  9. Every Second
  10. My Finest Hour
  11. Curtain

 

 

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