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Means & Ends


Download links and information about Means & Ends by Matthew Barber. This album was released in 2003 and it belongs to Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 40:22 minutes.

Artist: Matthew Barber
Release date: 2003
Genre: Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 10
Duration: 40:22
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No. Title Length
1. Timeless 3:53
2. Put Me Back Together (So Delicately) 3:50
3. Sentimental Acumen 3:54
4. The Beautiful Things That We Waste 5:18
5. Morning Train 3:15
6. Sleep In Peace 3:37
7. The Business of Being Apart 4:09
8. Anywhere Else But Here 2:41
9. Every Mistake 5:45
10. Cinnamon Hearts 4:00



This Ontario singer/songwriter has a lot in common with the likes of Danny Michel and Hawksley Workman — creating quirky yet highly contagious pop. Matthew Barber invites you in with the pretty country-tinged lullaby on "Timeless," which seems a perfect title as the tune ambles along. He also stops and starts throughout the song, giving it a theatrical type of effect. "Some people think it's old-fashioned to write songs on guitars," he sings. "Put Me Back Together (So Delicately)" has Barber muddled vocals over a vaudeville-cum-pop arrangement in the vein of Tom Waits or Nathan Wiley. But the musician can also deliver the goods on straight-ahead pop/rock nuggets like "Sentimental Acumen," an instant toe-tapper for long summer drives. When he opts for a grandiose Americana effect on the piano-driven, Blue Rodeo-esque "The Beautiful Things That We Waste," one wonders if he can do anything wrong. Another gorgeous tune is the '60s-sounding "Morning Train," although Barber forces the issue slightly. There are a few average efforts though, including the somber, heartbreak twang of "The Business of Being Apart," with Barber bringing Terry Jacks to mind. It's quickly forgotten with the sweet pop of "Anywhere Else but Here" with "ba ba ba ba da" running through your head. It all comes to fruition with "Every Mistake," another reflective No Depression ditty that is quite memorable.