Release Date: Jun 21, 2011
Record label: Vanguard
Modern Love, the seventh studio release from Matt Nathanson, a Massachusetts-born singer-songwriter, may be the closest a pop album comes to perfection this year. Opening with the hook-laden “Faster”, which owes a minor debt to George Michael’s “Faith”, the album is a wall-to-wall meditation and celebration of exactly what its title promises. Rarely, if ever, has love—modern or otherwise—sounded as much fun as it does in the tales that Nathanson weaves here.
Before the success of “Come On Get Higher,” Matt Nathanson always seemed stuck in half-famous limbo, faithfully championed by a small group of fans but unknown to pretty much everybody else. Things changed when “Come On Get Higher” became his first platinum-selling single in 2009, earning props from American Idol and Sugarland (who covered the song on the deluxe version of Love on the Inside) along the way. Nathanson keeps things consistent on his follow-up release, Modern Love, making relatively few changes to the blend of singer/songwriter balladry and smooth, sanded-down pop/rock that made his previous album a hit.