Fresh Blood

Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2015 Ratings: #135 / 852
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2015 Ratings: #275
March 10, 2015 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

If Big Inner documented White’s search for family, identity, and self-made success, Fresh Blood finds him reveling in it. 

The 405

Those mantra-filled slow burning songs prevalent on the first album have made way for a more succinct and polished approach to tracks on this second album - perhaps an effort on White's part to broaden the appeal of his country-soul.


Musically and lyrically, each track on Fresh Blood feels like a micro-journey in itself; White never lets the listener stay sonically or emotionally in one place.

The Skinny

Distilling classic soul, blues and rock stylings into a homely amalgam of southern sounds that’s distinctly spiritual yet defies pigeonholing, Fresh Blood offers a doctrine-free sermon in the transcendent power of love.

It's a feel-good record with intricate, heartfelt tunes, and effectively spreads the gospel of the church of Spacebomb.

Unsurprisingly, his second album, Fresh Blood, continues very much in the same vein as Big Inner, rarely tampering with the formula that served White so well first time around.

Here, White utilises Spacebomb’s remarkable house band and studio to maximum effect, weaving an immaculate tapestry of horns, pianos organs, guitars and strings into a hugely satisfying modern soul sound.
The Guardian

Memphis and Philly are the soul moods that dominate, and this time round White has added some singalong-ready choruses.


With a sound so luscious, Fresh Blood is hard to resist, and if it doesn't quite offer the lasting sustenance it presumes, it nevertheless tastes mighty fine.

Under The Radar

Fresh Blood is a much more consistent album than its predecessor. But with it, White has lost some of the sparkle that makes him so compelling. It's a balance he needs to put right.

Loud and Quiet

The leaves of his songs unfurl gradually, morphing with a restrained grace so that by the time you arrive at their euphoric climaxes you wonder how on earth you got there.

Consequence of Sound
Paying homage to rock and roll’s rich history and roots is a beautiful thing, but maybe there’s a reason why it kept on evolving.

Fresh Blood refines this mix of cozy and majestic, with tracks spiraling out from just Fender Rhodes piano and hushed vocal to luxuriant codas replete with backup singers and ingeniously unfurling instrumental counterpoint.

The way White mixes 70s psychedelica with classic blues and some old school rock n roll just gives this album a great feel. Also, "Tranquility" is one of my favorite songs of the year so far.

Favorit moments: Take care My Baby, Holy Moly, Tranquility, Love Is Deep.
Not typically a fan of this style, but I really dig this a lot. I would have ranked it higher, but there were a few too many slower tunes than I prefer.
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Track List

  1. Take Care My Baby
  2. Rock & Roll Is Cold
  3. Fruit Trees
  4. Holy Moly
  5. Circle 'Round The Sun
  6. Feeling Good Is Good Enough
  7. Tranquility
  8. Golden Robes
  9. Vision
  10. Love Is Deep
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Added on: December 22, 2014