Nothing Left to Lose

Nothing Left to Lose

by Mat KearneyMat Kearney


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Although he hails from Nashville, this singer-songwriter could easily be voted 2006's Least Likely to Don a Cowboy Hat. Instead of twang, Kearney conjures up a mélange of Coldplay-styled sensitive-guy rock and a low-slung strain of rap-folk that's not all that far removed from G. Love's forays into that little-explored realm. When he's in the former mode, as on the arcing ballad "All I Need," Kearney turns relatively minimalist, leaning on a simple piano line for support but carrying the tune with his supple, affable voice. When he lets his funkier side shine -- most notably on the groove-based "Undeniable" and "Bullet" (far and away the disc's most aggressive number) -- he gussies things up a little more, but not at the expense of losing the organic feel he so clearly values. Nothing Left to Lose, which contains new performances of a handful of tracks from Kearney's 2004 album, Bullet, marks his first major mainstream inroad, but he has gotten some prior notice on the Christian scene. That spirituality -- while certainly evident on songs like the title track and the introspective "Wait" -- provides a subtle undercurrent in his songs, rather than an obtrusive undertow. In other words, Kearney (like, say, T-Bone Burnett or even Bono) is more interested in imparting uplift than conversion. More to the point, he's as interested in delivering a good tune as a good message -- which makes Nothing Left to Lose an unqualified winner.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969417720
catalogNumber: 94177
Rank: 78143

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mat Kearney   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Judson Spence   Bass
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lynn Nichols   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David May   Electric Guitar
Lindsay Jamieson   Drums
Matt Butler   Cello
Andy Selby   Strings
Chris Stevens   Hammond Organ
Will Sayles   Percussion,Drums
Tony Lucido   Bass
Paul Moak   Banjo,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin   Bass,Piano,Vibes,Toy Piano
Greg Hagan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Claire Indie   Cello
Jeremy Lutito   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Joe Baldridge   Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
William Paden Hensley   Engineer
Andy Selby   Engineer,String Arrangements
Paul Moak   Engineer,Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
Dan Mandell   Art Direction
Keith Gary   Engineer
Mat Kearney   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Steve Winiarski   Engineer
Daniel "D Up" Allen   Engineer

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