..essentially live to tape….the result is a nourishingly rich and raw sway through Matthews’ singing and lyrics set to rolling rhythms and ringing guitar and piano……Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine
I like this quite a bit. With The Yearlings backing him, IKM is putting an impressive new modern slant on what Australian folk music stands for. This isn’t the stuff to boil your billy by, but articulate portraits of a bygone era. Very nice indeed…………..Legysboys Grandes – The Music of 2012 in Review.
Nowadays, an album doesn’t come around very often that has every track being stunning and truly listenable. This album has all that and more, in all of its 13 songs. There isn’t a stinker in the lot. Matthews’ charm and gifted knack for expressing himself is amazing. While this style of music seems to be waning, Ian Kippax Matthews has revitalized the purity of meaningful, genuine and earnest song craft and presented listeners with a splendid album that must be heard. Bravo mate!
The greatest of Matthews’ songs, “Hear Oh Australia“, is one of the best tunes about that continent that this critic has ever heard, equaling Icehouse’s “Great Southern Land”, with the only difference being that “Hear Oh Australia“ isn’t exactly glorifying the country, but rather putting its past into perspective.
Reviewed by: Mike DeGagne, Ontario Canada
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)
Australian singer-songwriter Ian Matthews impresses with his latest release, Transported. With emotion fueled vocals and standout music accompaniment, the 13-track album of new Australian folk leaves a memorable mark.
Review by Annie Reuter, New York
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)