Although he hails from Nashville, this singer-songwriter could easily be voted 2006's Least Likely to Don a Cowboy Hat. Instead of twang, Kearney conjures up a mélange of Coldplay-styled sensitive-guy rock and a low-slung strain of rap-folk that's not all that far removed from G. Love's forays into that little-explored realm. When he's in the former mode, as on the arcing ballad "All I Need," Kearney turns relatively minimalist, leaning on a simple piano line for support but carrying the tune with his supple, affable voice. When he lets his funkier side shine -- most notably on the groove-based "Undeniable" and "Bullet" (far and away the disc's most aggressive number) -- he gussies things up a little more, but not at the expense of losing the organic feel he so clearly values. Nothing Left to Lose, which contains new performances of a handful of tracks from Kearney's 2004 album, Bullet, marks his first major mainstream inroad, but he has gotten some prior notice on the Christian scene. That spirituality -- while certainly evident on songs like the title track and the introspective "Wait" -- provides a subtle undercurrent in his songs, rather than an obtrusive undertow. In other words, Kearney (like, say, T-Bone Burnett or even Bono) is more interested in imparting uplift than conversion. More to the point, he's as interested in delivering a good tune as a good message -- which makes Nothing Left to Lose an unqualified winner.
Performance CreditsMat Kearney Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Judson Spence Bass
Jerry McPherson Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lynn Nichols Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David May Electric Guitar
Lindsay Jamieson Drums
Matt Butler Cello
Andy Selby Strings
Chris Stevens Hammond Organ
Will Sayles Percussion,Drums
Tony Lucido Bass
Paul Moak Banjo,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin Bass,Piano,Vibes,Toy Piano
Greg Hagan Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Claire Indie Cello
Jeremy Lutito Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsJoe Baldridge Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
William Paden Hensley Engineer
Andy Selby Engineer,String Arrangements
Paul Moak Engineer,Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
Dan Mandell Art Direction
Keith Gary Engineer
Mat Kearney Composer,Producer,Contributor
Steve Winiarski Engineer
Daniel "D Up" Allen Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nothing Left to Lose based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Mat Kearney has come out of the box as a winner. He blew me away years ago onstage at Creation festival with a one-song prelude to a headline act... this beautiful album is a brdige between street-wise senitments and the best of pop. While the comparisons to Chris Martin of Coldplay ring true, this album exceeds any Coldplay effort with a worldview that hits on the redemptive through the most difficult struggles of life. Buy this now!
I've had this CD for a few years now, and I still love the music and listen to it regularly. Mat's voice is awesome, and the songs complement it so well. It's urban and soulful and has an awesome message. I seriously love every song.