Nowhere Else But Here
Grassroots Music Promotion Agency
by Joanne Kelly
Have you ever wanted to jump off a cliff and float in the sky like an eagle, just to feel the rush? Well, if you could bottle that feeling, it would be captured best in this collection of songs by Matthew Perryman Jones, Nowhere Else But Here. You can sense that Jones is from Athens, Georgia, known for its underground college music scene. You can hear influences in Jones's music from sounds of the late eighties and early nineties, stylized by groups like U2 and REM, as well as the sounds of Dan Fogelberg and John Denver.
Nowhere Else But Here is an extraordinary blend of violin, percussion, Wurlitzer, guitars, and background vocals. The album is not acoustic, but it's not an overdone production either. The songwriting is superior and the sound is big. On Homage for the Suffering and Leaving Home, the Celtic folk-rock overtones are arousing. Jones's music is inspirational as well: you can hear Christian overtones throughout the CD, which makes his sound really cool. The euphoric feeling generated from the music, the vocals, and the nature of the words themselves, leaves you happy, possibly Nowhere Else But Here.