Album Review: Matt Harlan "Tips & Compliments"

If Chris Knight had a son with Lucinda Williams, he might - just might - turn out to be as good a musician as Boerne, Texas native Matt Harlan. That's a high compliment, but Matt Harlan's new release "Tips & Compliments" deserves all of the accolades it can collect.
The album begins with the Americana gem "Elizabethtown." The lyrics and music penetrate the soul and build to a rousing chorus. The next track, "Skinny Trees Of Mississippi," proves to be a winning demonstration of Harlan's significant vocal chops. Like Chris Knight, Harlan paints a full and complete picture of his surroundings, thoughts and feelings in his accomplished lyrics.

Traditional country music is well represented with the stellar "Something New," "Over The Bridge" and "Warm November." Of the three, "Over The Bridge" has the best chance to be a major Texas country chart hit. Harlan's vocals fire on all cylinders, and the instrumentation is perfect. Texas radio program directors should add this song to their playlists immediately. The title track "Tips And Compliments" could also prove to be a popular radio single.

The most bluesy track on the album is the appropriately-titled "Suitcase Blues." It is followed by the best track on the album "Driving Song." Harlan's vocal performance oozes sincerity for the woman he loves. "Everybody Else" is a classic singer-songwriter cut that could easily find a home on Sirius-XM's The Loft.

"Waiting For Godot" is a winning mixture of country, folk and bluegrass, and listeners should take special notice of the reflective "Walter." The best pure country folk track is the remarkably serene "You're Just Drunk," which might have the best lyrics of any cut on the album. The project ends with the heartfelt love song "Dresses."

Matt Harlan's "Tips & Compliments" is an Americana gem that heralds the arrival of a major new music talent. In almost an hour, Matt Harlan shares the most intimate and interesting portions of his life in a musical package that deserves a wide audience. Matt Harlan certainly deserves a big heaping plate of compliments for his new album, and hopefully he'll be rewarded with a overloaded pocket full of tips, too.

Most read

iTunes Top 200 Country Music Songs 2019 - UPDATED - Hot 40 Country Digital MP3 - Top 100 Downloads Singles Chart

Top 100 Country and Southern Gospel Songs Chart 2019 - Top 40 Christian Country Albums on iTunes, MP3, CD Albums Charts

Top 200 iTunes Country Songs Albums Music Chart REALTIME 2019 - Digital Country Music Albums and Radio Singles Chart

Top 100 Outlaw Country Songs Chart 2019 - Outlaw Country Albums Charts - Top 100 MP3 and iTunes Outlaw Country Singles & Albums

Top 100 Americana Music Songs Chart 2019 - Top 100 Americana Albums Online from iTunes, Streaming, CD and Radio

Top 100 iTunes Country Music Video Chart 2019 - iTunes Country Videos Chart - UPDATED

Top 200 Country Music Album Charts 2019 - iTunes, MP3 Downloads, CD & Vinyl Chart - DAILY Top 100 EPs

Top 200 Bluegrass iTunes Albums Chart 2019 - Top 100 Bluegrass Country Songs - Top 40 CD, Vinyl, MP3 Singles Downloads Charts

Top 100 Contemporary Country Music Chart 2019 Top Songs and Hot Albums from iTunes and Digital MP3 Downloads

Top Brand New Country Music Music Singles 2019 and Hot New Albums Added To iTunes - Country Songs Just Added to iTunes