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Tuesday, June 12 2012 21:18

Ellen and Matt - IT'S LOVE (Album Review)

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IT'S LOVE, the second album from L.A.-based kindie duo Ellen & Matt is packed with cute, retro-flavored goodness, just as the cover art would indicate. The rainbow-colored digipack conjures thoughts of the 70s and early 80s, while reminding me of what the outside of Toys R Us used to look like (also part inspiration for the color scheme of this website, I think). Not quite as even or as polished as certain genre peers, there's a rawness that I really dig, epecially when the rock is fully cranked up.

ellenmattcdcoverPerhaps it's Ellen, or maybe it's Matt... but there's two distinct versions of Ellen & Matt at play here. There's a mellow, acoustic-driven band that performs soothing numbers like "Sleepover," "Shadow," and "Little Songbird." Then there's this driving, often-firey alt-rock band that kicks out the jams on songs like "Tickle Bug," "It's Love," and the rodent-ode "Capybara." Come to think of it, there's sort of a third when the funk-driven grooves of "Drive Thru" (my favorite track on the record) kick in. 

As for the toddler's take? She was with Dad in leaning toward the up-tempo tracks on the disc, while the slower numbers stopped the rock. IT'S LOVE might be a tad uneven, but it's still a lot of fun.

Ellen & Matt - IT'S LOVE is available now on iTunes or at CDBaby.

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The Rock Father Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided to The Rock Father by the artist for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn, while taking into account the reaction of a toddler. Does anyone actually read these "disclosures?"

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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