Matt Turk – Cold Revival
There was absolutely no doubt which album was the best of the year for 2014. Matt Turk is a seasoned performer with decades of experience, and it all pours out like molten gold in Cold Revival. There were many great albums in a similar singer-songwriter space this year including Chris Grant, Sean Watkins and Xander Smith but Matt Turk took it to a whole other level emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. His songs are so passionate, so personal and so human… you cannot help but stop everything you are doing and listen when you hear his music.
Cold Revival is non-stop genius from beginning to end. Highlights of the album are songs like In Her Smile and Ilana Donna, and – for us – the definitive track for Matt is The Ballad of Reuben. It blows like a clear, chilling wind with the details of a million leaves caught in the flow. Each note is perfection. This is a legendary album that has grown and grown in our appreciation since the original review was written several months ago. And it’s a work of art from a community of people united in a vision of musical excellence. The sense of family and friendship comes through in every aspect.
Whoever you are, Matt Turk has something to say that you will relate to. He will inspire you and give you perspective on the trevails of life, love and the challenges of a rainy day. Matt Turk is the best of the best and Cold Revival is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.
And, this year we actually have a prize for the Album of the Year! Our friends at Cascade Microphones have generously donated one of their Fat Head BE Microphones as a prize and we’re super happy to award it to Matt. We regularly use the Fat Head II mics on our shoots and we love them, and we thank Cascade for sending us one for Matt. Maybe this mic will be a part of Matt’s next great song? We hope so, and we congratulate Matt again on his excellent achievement.