Title - 'Cold Revival' (BIG KID Records/Turktunes)
Artist - Matt Turk
Simply put, Cold Revival is one of those albums you simply have to have in your music collections. Whether digital or hard copy, the new solo album from Matt Turk, a singer-songwriter from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York is something that you will want to encourage others to listen to when they come visit.
The first track is the manolin-backed, feisty 'Cracked Egg,' which is backed by the gentle acoustic guitar-picking of the reggae bounce of 'When a Boy.' 'The Ballad of Reuben' is along next and is followed by both the title track, 'Cold Revival' (together with a more understated underbelly of mandolin) and 'Say You'll Live.' A track complete with spoken word opening, it has a distinctive early-REM feel to it.
Produced by film director David Dobkin ('Wedding Crashers'), I know right, Turk's vocals and mandolin work are in perfect harmony with each other throughout. The piano-laden 'Ilana Donna' is next, and with a shout out to Neil Young also included, next up are both 'Sorrow Is Loud' and the slide guitar and accordion work of 'Battle Song.' 'Quiet Day' is nothing of the sort, and then the album is brought to a close with the mandolin fest that is, 'Midnight on the Water,' and then finally, beautiful storytelling of, 'In Her Smile.'