Review of NakedSelf

E-Online - February 29, 2000

Grade: B

Matt Johnson, main man of The The, moved to New York three years ago, and the sounds of his adopted city are all over this outing. Other aspects remain the same. His deep baritone continues to explore his favorite subjects--the walking wounded on society's fringe, the people balanced in the twilight zone between hope and despair. The music jumps all over, veering from the metallic noise of "Boiling Point" to the bright, acoustic "Soul Catcher" and on to the fury of the anticapitalist screed "Globaleyes." Despite the bleak subject matter, however, Johnson always seems to keep whistling in the dark.

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