What does it sound like?:
Matt Berry is a bit like that kid at school where everything he turns his hand to is a success. But his charisma prevents you from disliking the annoying over-achiever. And so it is with his music career. He’s been releasing albums for a decade and a bit, and with this one he really has gone full polymath – playing all instruments (except the drums), writing, producing, arranging, even supplying the painting for the cover.
‘The Blue Elephant’ is a journey through summer sounds against a backdrop of 60s Garage-Psych, The Doors meets Deep Purple, Proggy moments, and even a near David Bowie vocal impression. But it’s not a retro exercise – this is as much a product of 2021 as the debt it owes to the past. Breezily familiar yet brand new. Relaxing yet occasionally jarring. An exercise in audience pleasing as much as pleasing the artist himself. Berry’s sometimes over enunciated tones fit the musical styles, although the album is sometimes let down by weak lyrics. Actually, those lyrics might be weak on purpose – maybe Matt Berry can’t help himself returning to Comedy-type.
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