Gaz Coombes - Matador
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #67 / 771
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2015 Ratings: #188
January 26, 2015 / Release Date
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Hot Fruit, Caroline / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH
He is more adventurous still where rhythm, harmony and instrumentation are concerned, and this record channels inspiration from sources as diverse as George Harrison, 13th Floor Elevators even, and Neu!.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Matador is certainly the most experimental record of his career, with its loops, samples and gospel backing vocals.

80
DIY
The jaunty, energetic hints of Britpop cast aside, this is Gaz Coombes the adult man, writing adult songs, and they’re really rather great.
80
Drowned in Sound
Vital, urgent and impassioned – Gas Coombes has written the record he always deserved a chance to make.
80
AllMusic

Matador may initially seduce with its slow, enveloping assurance but the reason it lasts are those songs, as exquisitely crafted and enduring as anything in Coombes' rich catalog.

65
Under The Radar
With the studio as one of his main vehicles, the album is fleshed out in a way that is removed from the sparseness of a one-man operation.
63
Pitchfork

Matador is constantly being pulled in different directions. Had he resigned himself to taking a looser, more natural approach, or gone all-the-way with the Albarn-esque pageantry, we might be talking about a more interesting record.

DalekTurret32
96
Buffalo 93
20/20 97
The English Ruse 94
The Girl Who Fell To Earth 91
Detroit 97
Needle's Eye 98
Seven Walls 98
Oscillate 96
To The Wire 96
Is It On? {IGNORING, 93}
Matador 95

OUTSTANDING (96%)

Top 5:

5. To The Wire
4. Detroit
3. 20/20
2. Needle's Eye
1. Seven Walls
nostar
100
Beautiful record. Was in my top 5 last year and after listening to it again today, I changed my mind, it's gosh, darned close to perfect. Fucking fantastic album, hope he keeps going.
JediMark
79
Picks: The English Ruse / The Girl Who Fell to Earth / Detroit / To the Wire.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#17/musicOMH
#22/Q Magazine
#24/MOJO
#94/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. Buffalo
  2. 20/20
  3. The English Ruse
  4. The Girl Who Fell To Earth
  5. Detroit
  6. Needle's Eye
  7. Seven Walls
  8. Oscillate
  9. To The Wire
  10. Is It On?
  11. Matador
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