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CD Review: Allen & Matt - You're In Love

ALLEN & MATT
You're In Love
A Long Line Of Love - Red River Valley - Danny Boy - Remembering You - Leave It There - Precious You Are To Me - Far Side Banks of Jordan - Grandpa - Help Me Trust In You - You're In Love

I've been a fan of Allen and Matt ever since I heard their first CD  "What Really Matters."  This is a father-son duet, both of whom are excellent musicians, and know exactly what they want to sound like.  Allen is the dad and lead vocals.  Matt is a vocalist and  instrumentalist, as well as the mixer and masterer in the studio.  Three of the songs on this fine album are in the public domain.  That means Allen and Matt still keep the 'past' in their repertoire.  What a nice idea.  Matt is an excellent ukulele player, and uses this musical instrument to its most valuable sound.  There's a lot of love in this album.  Every song is a reflection of the 'experience' of love, and that experience is very very different for lots of folks.  In America I believe we have the most variable ways of showing love in all its many aspects.  in music it has always been one of our strongest emotions.  In regular life it has always been one of our most variable emotions.  In the teachings of Jesus Christ it has always been our most valuable emotion.  This is an extremely lovely album to listen to.  Sometimes in the recording studio artists believe more is better.  More instrumentation, more instruments, more different sounding instruments. That isn't always true.  Allen & Matt make it perfectly clear that they want the words they are singing to stand out with full effect.  They make this happen with a more simple backing, that sounds just right, just perfect, just ideal.  Personally I didn't have a very good relationship with my father, and although I feel some envy at this perfect 'match' for music making with the Carlsons, I am totally engrossed with their finished thoughts, songs, ideas, feelings, product.  What a terrific father-son relationship they have, it's monumental, and it's exactly as Jesus Christ would have it.  It's a great big thank you to the Carlsons for 'creating' such a remarkable and listenable musical listening experience.  Every once in awhile I hear a version of my friend Terry Smith's great song "The Far Side Banks of Jordan." that I really like.  This is one of them.  The 'meaning' of the song is very valid in the voices and musical accompaniment.  Lovely CD.  Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their appraisal in awarding CD of the Year honors.
www.music-savers.com RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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