Sweet Hand of Fate (review)

PopMatters

January 27, 2014

“Sweet Hand of Fate is an irresistible, thundering blend of crunchy blues-rock and grungy beatnik solipsism.”

– Matt Casarino

 

Sweet Hand of Fate (review)

Blabbermouth.net

January 12, 2014

“Boroff’s themes for a purported imaginary western on “Sweet Hand of Fate” are infectious and consumptive in their austereness. Interrupting his primarily sooty feel with morose piano, string sweeps and echoing electronics on the hallucinogenic “X,” there is dangling percussion to keep the song grounded as much as it seeks to free-float into the constellations of its dusky cadence. “Sweet Hand of Fate” is thus frequently astonishing with its effective moderations and inveigling mood constructs.”

– Ray Van Horn Jr.

 

Sweet Hand of Fate (review)

Roctober Reviews

January 14, 2014

Exquisitely produced, slow, hook-heavy, dark pop ballads sung with resonant, throaty virtuosity, with everything cloaked in ominous clouds of evil wickedness. In other words, he’s the Adele of Hell!

– Flamin’ Waymon Timsdayle

 

Sweet Hand of Fate (review)

JerseyBeat.com

December 16, 2013

“Atmosphere is something that can add immensely to the overall strength and impact of an album. For example, the powerfully brooding atmosphere that permeates every last moody note of songwriter and musician Matt Boroff’s second full length album registers so strongly that you can feel it rattling your bones as you listen to it.”

– Joe Wawrzyniak

 

“Filling In The Cracks” sounds like an eloquent modern hybrid of Angelo Badalamenti’s “Theme From Twin Peaks” and some of that (pardon my French) mind-tweaking shit that Barry Adamson laid down for Lynch’s completely under-worshiped cinematic masterpiece, Lost Highway. Poetic lyrics are all well and good, but when it comes to effectively creating a soundtrack for the movies in your head, it’s all about the sound. With Matt Boroff, there are no compromises in this arena.

– Gail Worely

 

The Best New Platters From The First Half of 2012

List of the Day – Yahoo! Music

An EP that serves as an intro of sorts for the album that awaits, Cracks features Mark Lanegan on a track that’s not even the highlight of this 4-song must-have. Working the soundfield first opened by Tom Waits, Nick Cave and at least a few names on this list, Boroff furthers his credentials as the go-to undergrounder for when end times are near. Everyone already knows who Waits and Cave are, for pete’s sake. It’s time to find new avenues to the same dark, deserted places. This map is free.

– Rob O’Connor

 

Filling in the Cracks (review)

iTunes

May 25, 2012

“Mark Lanegan adds his voice to the dark elegy “Garbage Man,” where the minor-key composition would verge on violence if Boroff weren’t resigned to his fate as the man “burning the trash of my life.” Boroff’s end-times vibe takes a literal turn with “All Going Down with the Ship,” where his voice rises to a scream at the futility of battling money and power to save the world. While his lyrics are impressive and strongly poetic, it’s the music that stirs the soul: a Hammond organ here, plenty of acoustic and electric guitars there, all carefully tweaked for maximum effect. These aren’t just songs but tone poems: cinematic pieces that take full advantage of the stereo spectrum. Elements of Lanegan and Tom Waits can be heard; however, Boroff has added his own European edge, which is stirring and beautifully doomed.”

– iTunes Review

 

A Sad Waltz

Der Standard

October 8, 2010

“Matt Boroff’s Reaching For Sparks is an album that could’ve been released at any point in the last four decades. Nearly anything goes. An homage to Tom Waits such as I am the Human Clock to ballads which would no doubt please the likes of Mark Everett of The Eels or Mark Eitzel of American Music Club. Sly, and full of black humor. Someone squeezes an accordion, the horns start wailing and once again the world becomes a sad waltz.”

– Karl Fluch

 

Album of the Year

List of the Day – Yahoo! Music

December 23, 2010

American-born, Austrian-exile, Matt Boroff has been quietly releasing albums and recording film scores for the past decade, with and without his band, the Mirrors. However, Reaching For Sparks is the album that changes life as we know it. It’s a despair pit of existential tunes like “Dead Dead Leaves” and “Scattering Ashes” where the Mark Lanegan-Tom Waits-Captain Beefheart influences turn into their own stunning Boroffian language. If you can’t dig “They’re On Their Way”, why do I know you?Not just a great album, but an important part of a balanced diet. Y! Music’s List Of The Day names it “Album Of The Year.”

– Rob O’Connor