The following is a review for Matthew Ebel‘s album, Goodbye Planet Earth. I wrote it for iTunes and then decided “You know what? I want more people to hear how much I love this album. I’ll post it on YouMakeMedia too!” It’s also related to what we talk about here because almost all the promotion and execution of the album was done via new media marketing techniques – Second Life, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. It’s a very new twist on music marketing; very dynamic and exciting. Oh by the way, I exaggerate nothing here. Honestly – I love this album. It may be one of the best I’ve heard this year (and I just got a stack of fifteen CDs for Christmas so I have heard quite a bit this year). It is really a great album. You should buy it! (and no, I wasn’t paid to say this!)
In his newest album, “Goodbye Planet Earth”, singer/instrumentalist/songwriter Matthew Ebel has crafted what may be his magnum opus – his greatest work. The album is varied in its musical exploration, incorporating dynamic dance styles (A Cautionary Tail), modernist instrumental tunes (Gray Planet), a capella (Lost My Way), and classic Ebel piano-rock (Goodbye Planet Earth, Every Color). With all the available listening options, “Goodbye Planet Earth” will never bore you, and as you jump around the album you will quickly find your favorite track.
At the same time though, Ebel accomplishes something far more impressive: the songs, though catchy and great in isolation, are even more strong when listened to as a cohesive album. Transitions are smooth and logical, and where they might not make sense, Ebel has carefully inserted instrumental tracks. There are reprises, melody replications (where they makes sense), and the layout of the tracks was undoubtedly intentional. This album is no musical pastiche, it is a well-defined, expertly conducted overture with Ebel as maestro.
Matthew Ebel proved he could write catchy tunes with his previous album, “Beer and Coffee”, but “Goodbye Planet Earth” proves his ability to assemble an album – a skill reminiscent of the rock greats who preceded him; Brian Wilson, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd. It is not hard to imagine this album crossing into the mainstream and one can only hope that Mr. Ebel is rewarded thus. He certainly deserves it – “Goodbye Planet Earth” presents a listening experience unlike any album released in 2007; it is equal parts emotional, exotic, ephemeral, and engaging. Matthew Ebel has set the bar high for podsafe and independent music.