One Day Die

Matt Duke

One Day Die

Ryko Records

Matt Duke’s sophomore release is as dark as the title suggests.  Inspired from his own tormented experience after he suffered a hand injury serious enough to jeopardize the possibility of regaining his ability to play guitar, One Day Die marks new direction and greater maturity for Duke.  As he states himself, the injury’s forced divorce of Duke from his guitar allowed him to return with a greater appreciation and a renewed vision.  Thus, One Day Die not only highlights the dark place Duke found himself in last year, but also displays a new approach with less reservation than to be expected for the 25-year-old’s second album.  And what he does, he does well.  It’s a pleasant mix of pop-sensible rock and roll and melancholy acoustic tracks, and would certainly fit well into a fan of the genre’s collection.  But despite its promising premise, Duke’s One Day Die is a nothing-special release in a floundering scene.

 

Released:  3/29/2011

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