Release Date: Oct 28, 2008
Record label: CFP Domestic
The cover of this album is a petition signed by the musicians playing on it, asserting that they believe "music can still be a political force of note and not just the soundtrack to overconsumption," which should give you a pretty good idea of where Herbert's head is these days. Of course, long-time listeners are well aware of his interest in injecting some seriousness into pop, jazz and dance music. But in this case he's more heavy-handed with the political content than usual.
I can’t tell whether or not Matthew Herbert has run out of ideas or whether I’m dissatisfied with this disc for other reasons. If that sounds like an ominous beginning for a review, well, I’ll dispel any suspense right here: There’s Me and There’s You is a good album, there’s no denying it. But it’s problematic. There’s something missing.