Matt Sharp (album)

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Matt Sharp
Matt Sharp cover
Studio album by Matt Sharp
Released October 10, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Folk rock
Label Boompa
Producer(s) Josh Hager, Matt Sharp, Andy Wilkinson, Greg Brown
Professional reviews
Matt Sharp chronology
Puckett's Versus the Country Boy
Matt Sharp
The Last Little Life EP
(The Rentals)

Matt Sharp is the self titled debut from original Weezer bassist Matt Sharp. The album's confessional, acoustic sound marked a departure from Sharp's previous output with The Rentals, drawing comparisons to Beck's Sea Change[1], Mark Hollis[2], and Nick Drake[3].


At the time of its release, The Rentals had been dormant for six years. Sharp did not speak publicly about any plans for reforming the group, and it the band was considered finished. It is unknown whether Sharp intended to pursue a more acoustic, folk-driven solo career longterm.

The album is notable for featuring no electric guitar, synths, or percussion. Instead lap steel, acoustic guitar, piano, and organ are the only accompaniment to Sharp's vocals. The album was recorded in Tennessee, and was preceded by the 2003 EP Puckett's Versus the Country Boy, which featured an edited version of "Goodbye West Coast" and three outtakes form the album's sessions. Rivers Cuomo made a surprise appearance on stage with Sharp while he was touring to support the record. At the show - held in Fullerton, CA on February 12, 2004, Sharp alluded to the possibility of he and Cuomo making a record together. This album never saw the light of day.

Track list

Album track listing
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "All Those Dreams"  Matt Sharp 4:16
2. "Goodbye West Coast"  Sharp 5:22
3. "Every Time in Blue"  Sharp 3:32
4. "Just Like Movie Stars"  Sharp 6:07
5. "Shadows"  Sharp 3:00
6. "Watch the Weather Break"  Sharp 5:41
7. "Let Me Pass"  Sharp 4:32
8. "Thoughts from a Slow Train"  Sharp 6:10
9. "After the Angels"  Sharp 6:32
10. "Before You Go"  Sharp 5:14
11. "Some Days"  Sharp 8:25
Total length:


See also

External links


  1. Matt Sharp Allmusic review Written by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  2. Matt Sharp Pitchfork reviewPublished in October 28, 2004, written by Marc Hogan
  3. Matt Sharp Pitchfork reviewPublished in October 28, 2004, written by Marc Hogan