Take Us to the Start

Take Us to the Start

by Matt Hires



All four songs from Matt Hires' first EP, Live from the Hotel Café, make additional appearances on his full-length debut, which expands the songwriter's acoustic sound into something slick and polished. As before, the quaver in Hires' voice is nearly omnipresent, although the sheer energy of "Listen to Me Now" effectively masks that vocal tic. Although ballads make frequent appearances, Take Us to the Start sounds best at its most brisk, when Hires trades the coffeehouse aspirations of his slower songs for something more akin to driving, mainstream pop

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678959714
catalogNumber: 519718

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matt Hires   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Crowd Noise
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Chris Chaney   Bass
Sara Bareilles   Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Chris Reynolds   Percussion

Technical Credits

Harry Shannon   Composer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer
Gus Black   Composer
Sara Bareilles   Composer
Carolyn Tracey   Package Production
Matt Hires   Composer
Kristie Borgmann   Art Manager
Chris Stang   Marketing
Chris Reynolds   Engineer

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Take Us to the Start 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BymagaJones More than 1 year ago
Matt Hires is a promising young artist who has chosen some really wonderful songs for his album. He gets better with every listen. He's also pretty good live - even barefoot!
war_time_novelty More than 1 year ago
every month there's another crappy indiepuppet album chosen for the in store play. pete yorn, james morrison, crosby loggins are all ISP's B&N has had; and along with other forgotton names, they've all sounded EXACTLY THE SAME with almost no variation, sometimes the keys are even the same from month to month...it might be music but it's certainly not original or art. it's discomforting to know that so many people refuse to recognize such an obvious conspiracy. "HERE'S THE EASIEST STUFF TO MASS PRODUCE, IT WON'T OFFEND ANYBODY BECAUSE IT'S COMPLETELY DEVOID OF INTELLECTUAL QUALITY AND IT'S CATCHY AND REPETITIVE...LIKE DISCO." so there!
DrummerdMD More than 1 year ago
With a voice that reminds me of both the Counting Crows and Greg Laswell, Matt Hires first full length CD is a pleasant surprise. I heard it in the music dept of B&N and was immediately captivated by the quality of the music. Intelligent lyrics, nice tight musicianship and a good mix add up to a CD that I have been listening to repeatedly since I picked it up. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. You will not be disappointed.