Artist: Matt Cardle
Release Date: Out Now
Matt Cardle is back to dent the charts with his third album, ‘Porcelain’. The album opens with the melancholic ‘In Chains’, which progressively builds into a powerful pop rock track. Cardle belts out the chorus with control and conviction, and rather impressively matches the note of the guitar with his falsetto in the lines “I’m in chains”. Melanie C adds the extra spice needed on ‘Loving You’ to make the songs hook, “Baby I’m loving, loving you”, pleasantly memorable.
Unfortunately, though, ‘Porcelain’ starts to show a couple of cracks after these tracks. ‘When You Were My Girl’ and ‘Hit My Heart’ lack any form of memorability, while Cardle sounds a little too desperate on ‘A Little Too Late’. He crosses the line from comfortably singing to unnecessarily shouting.
The mood of the album takes a sudden turn for the better with ‘Mouth to Mouth’. With its latin inspired beat and Cardle’s glorious vocal harmonies, this mid-tempo love song documents how he wishes to be saved from heartbreak and be bought back to life with “a little mouth to mouth”.
While ‘Your Kind of Love’ sounds like a male interpretation of Emeli SandÃƒ©’s ‘My Kind of Love’, ‘The Trouble is Ours’ has the potential to be a successful single with its generic pop structure and radio appeal. The album concludes with the poignant title track. With lyrics reflecting the underlying theme of triumph over adversity throughout the album, such as “Now you’ve come through the fire, and that makes you porcelain”, it serves as the perfect closer.
Despite a couple of fillers, ‘Porcelain’ demonstrates a great sense of consistency, with standout songs such as ‘In Chains’, ‘Loving You’ and ‘Mouth to Mouth’. It showcases Matt Cardle’s strong vocals and flawless high flying falsetto perfectly. This could be the revival he needs to restore his relevance.
Reviewer: Aaron Willis