It's strong singer-songwriter stuff with a healthy appreciation for rootsy pop-rock. The melodies on this album really leap out at you--particularly on "Ten Foot Pole," "At the Movies" and "Now You Know." I can certainly imagine other artists wanting to cover more than a few of these songs. I also appreciated the knowing, literate lyrical references that popped up throughout the album. The production on the album was also direct, unfussy and impressive. In fact, the production kinda reminded me of Spike Lee's movies--he makes 'em on the cheap but they always look better than $50 million Hollywood Blockbusters.
CHRIS FARLEY, SENIOR WRITER, TIME MAGAZINE
M. A. Rose has the rarest gift in music these days - a unique and
distinctive voice. Rose's appeal is apparent from the first listen: he's
got the whole history of rock & roll in his songs, but he's not imitating
anyone - he's being himself.
BILL FLANAGAN, AUTHOR "A&R", MUSIC CRITIC, SENIOR VP VH1
Rose's songs are not only catchy, but funny and sensitive at the same time. They are almost good enough to get him a girlfriend, which is clearly why he made the album.
JOEL STEIN, WRITER, TIME MAGAZINE
Get in on this guy early. You'll kick yourself if you don't. M. A. Rose is going far, and if these songs are any indication, he's not looking back. These songs are packed like gunpowder. It's not just Rose's voice, which is muscular and urgent. It's that the boy has something to sing about. Living, it's called. It's a highly explosive mix.
ELLIS HENICAN, NEW YORK NEWSDAY
M. A. Rose's brand of guitar based alterna-pop is tightly packed with infectious licks and witty surprises. He bravely tackles such modern problems as religion, ("Existentialist on a Harley") identity crises, (I'm A Man), and rock star delusions ("Pretty People") but it's always with a lip curling humor that could only come from the savvy mind of a man who's done his time.
JULIA CHAPLIN FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, INTERVIEW, AND SPIN
M. A. Rose is the Bob Dylan of today's songwriters...no, wait, I mean the Cadillac of songwriters...I mean, he's so good, if he were a car he'd be a Cadillac...or maybe a Ferrari...yeah, that's it...M. A. Rose is the Ferrari of songwriters. Except that he's not Italian.
ADAM SCHLESINGER, OSCAR NOMINATED SONGWRITER, FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, IVY
M. A. Rose's music is unique and original in a Milli Vanilli sort of way. With different songs, packaging, management, and looks - this guy could be a star!!!
JEFF ROSS, COMEDIAN
I don't know shit about music, but it's good!
MAX MUTCHNICK, EMMY WINNER BEST COMEDY, WILL AND GRACE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CREATOR
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