Totally Biased Fan Review: The Laptop Tapes – Matt Scullion

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I somehow missed this gem last year. How silly!  I have vivid memories of songwriters in the round at Tamworth Servies of Mr Scullion. I attended a gig at my fave Tamworth hotel, The Tudor, a few Julys ago with two of my fave songwriters….who I accidently bumped into and a small but enthusiastic crowd listened to Matt sing his own songs and a few choice covers. This guy can write. As most of you know, I love songwriters. Matt Scullion is a storyteller. The songs that he writes are lines from our own lives….somewhere along the way, we all know someone in those songs, quite often ourselves. Again at Hats Off this year, I spent a couple of hours in the sunshine listening to this man and his songs.

He has written or co-written many songs for or with a lot of our best country music artists from several generations. Recently, he wrote some songs for the Viper Creek Band. On this album he writes with one of my favourite current artists, John Flanagan. He has written with Lawrie Minson and many others. Matt’s range and openness bring something extra special to his music.

This album is raw and pure.  From the first track that sounds gentle and pretty but with a backbone that sends a message that is strong and true with My Own Way, to the essential drinking song at the last bar…pun intended….with Do some shots, Matt delivers 10 songs that cover just about every bump of a country music road.

A man and his guitar and songs that touch nerves and hearts and the occasional funny bone. These songs get your toes tapping, images running through your head and get you travelling to all kinds of places from the comfort of your favourite lounge chair.

I love Stand Tall (written with John), There’s no road, Just a song (a very clever song about a song…), hell, every track is a winner.

You can’t really expect anything less from one of Australia’s finest, most underrated songwriters. This is a cool late at night album or a travelling along a dusty road album.

With great respect, do yourself a favour.

The songs:

My Own Way

There’s no road

Snake Bite

Stand Tall

Just a Song

Heaven’s got a new star

You know my heart

Tears on a page

Some mistakes

Do some shots

 

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