Matt Terry - 'Trouble' - Album Review
Matt Terry has just released his debut album "Trouble" on November 24th. After winning X Factor UK in 2016 a lot people, including myself, believed that this was the end of the road for the Bromley-born singer, but, boy, did he prove us wrong.
The 14-track record is proof that Matt Terry is here to stay and is not taking no for an answer. Including singles "Sucker for you", "The thing about love" and the remix for "Súbeme la radio" with Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul, this album marks Matt Terry's launch into the music industry and gives us a peek into his romantic life.
Now, Terry wasn't well-known in the X Factor days for his up-tempo, EDM-infused covers, so, naturally, the album begins with the explosive "Sucker for you", an up-tempo, EDM-infused track.
This was also the first single off of this album, proving that Matt Terry isn't afraid to take a risk and show people a different side to him.
"Got you" is a poppy, energetic tune that will get you off your feet and make you want to draw the curtains and let the sunlight in while you dance around in your room. It sounds like a very happy, positive song, but while the beat makes you feel carefree and untroubled, the lyrics talk about a very toxic and controlling relationship, where one person messes with the other's mind, while the other person puts up with it, letting themselves be manipulated.
"But it doesn't make sense/ If I don't got you under my skin and messing with my brain"; "Don't remember/Me before you"
"The thing about love" is, surprisingly, one of the few ballads on this album that, in my personal opinion, are the area of music where Terry shines the brightest. Vulnerable, honest and relatable( talking about unrequited love), this track sets itself apart from the rest of the record and is sure to make its way into every sad songs playlist on Spotify. Terry's falsettos also have the spotlight on this song, proving, once again, after the X Factor, that he is, indeed, extremely gifted, not only in hitting the right notes, but also, in expressing emotion and making people feel them.
If you don't already know, Matt Terry has lived a big part of his teenage years with his grandparents in Spain. So, it wasn't unexpected when he wrote two songs in Spanish for this album: "Mama", a clubby feature with Spanish actress and singer Ana Mena, and "Romeo y Juliet", an acoustic guitar-led ballad that seems straight out of the soundtrack of a romantic telenovela (and I'm saying that in the best way possible).
Terry singing songs fully in Spanish gives this album a different spin and helps him connect even more with his fans across the globe.
The majority of the tracks on this record talk about love and relationships. However, there is one song that may mean a little bit more to some people. And no, it's not a ballad. "Try" is an up-beat tune that inspires confidence and a "you-can-do-anything" attitude. The catchy hook of "eh na na na eh na na eh" will stay in your head all day and it will make you feel like even though "you're bruised and broken", you can try and make it out of the darkness if you don't give up.
"So hold on tight, and keep your head up high"; " I know you're bruised and broken/ I just wanna see you try".
Matt Terry and his debut record "Trouble" may not be a gamechanger in this business, but surely enough, this album is a passageway for the singer onto bigger and greater things. We could only hope for the best.