CD REVIEW: Matthew Nimigeers - Mystery Man (2011)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Matthew Nimegeers
Album: Mystery Man
Genre: Pop, Folk, R&B
Sounds Like: Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel
Weakness: Winded Songs
Canada's own Matthew Nimegeesr releases his latest CD entitled “Mystery Man” in 2011. Nimegeers halls from the HayRiver, Ontario.
The CD kicks things off with a “Buffalo Joe” an beat intro piece that serves up impressive Saxophone, well placed piano and heartfelt vocal from Nimegeers with impressive storyline that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “Cool Breeze” keeps things moving in the smooth direction with its slow moving Americana groove, smooth as silk piano against catchy vocals and harmonies from Nimegeers and company. Track 3 “Life of Riley” shifts gears a bit with passionate vocal delivery and powerful theatrical-type sound that will make your hair stand up on end. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical influences reminiscent of classic Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel, Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin and Neil Diamond. The music itself is a delightful blend of R&B, Rock, and Piano driven Pop that goes down extremely smooth song for song, note for note. The most impressive thing about Nimegeers is the overall mood and passionate vocal delivery from Nimegeers himself. The vocal timber of Nimegeers is to say the least impressive and right on the money. He has an amazing vibrato, appealing timber and a passionate delivery that reminds me of Neil Diamond and Cat Stevens. He takes some rather impressive vocal risks throughout the production as well indicating to me a very strong and confident vocal ability. Nimegeers clearly makes the critical (singer to listener) emotional connection with his vocal presence and has a unique timber and vocal personality to boot. The CD also offers a rich melodic vocal foundation, and is packed to the hilt with musical instrumentation. From Piano, Guitar, sizzling solo guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, Hammond Organ, Bass, Drums, and lush layers of harmonies layered everywhere this CD has allot to offer. From heartfelt “Rain” to upbeat “Simpson Island” to rocking “Razor’s Edge” to my personal favorite “Little Nick” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s safe to say a few pieces need more parts to them providing more musical variety. For example Track 3 “Life of Riley” is a powerful song but runs its course and then some. It’s also repetitive note for note and perhaps needing another melody line or part. All song over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
Overall this release from Matthew Nimegeers as a very impressive musical statement from start to finih. Its strong suit is his emotional depth, songwriting craft and infectious vocal personality. Nimegeers touches all the emotions not only in his writing, but his vocal delivery. Pound for Pound “Mystery man” is an honest, sincere, genuine and overall feel good statement. The CD is filled with messages of wisdom, hope and the love of life and will make you day a brighter place without even trying..