"Ivanism" (AIF Records; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I don't even know where to begin describing the sound of "Ivanism" by Matt Ivan. On Matt's website, he says his music "sounds like all sorts of good music. But, it's basically metal, hard rock, punk, alternative, and grunge." Even that broad description doesn't begin to tell you what this CD sound like.

"Ivanism" is simple rock that ranges from at least a couple of the genres listed above. There's some music that could fall into the hard rock category, some that could be called metal and one or two that might fit into the classic rock territory. Matt's voice is what gives the CD its alternative feel. Matt has a completely unique singing style that falls somewhere in between David Bowie, Ian Gillan and the neighborhood cat. It's an almost uncontrolled sound that's pure passion for music with little concern for melody or staying on key. It takes getting used to and I fear that most people won't get too far into the CD before deciding it's not for them. I also believe, however, that this is the kind of sound that could develop a cult following of sorts.

Matt Ivan wouldn't last 30 seconds with Simon Cowell, but his passion and undeniably unique style will find fans of its own.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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