Free – Matthew Austin Hunt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Matthew Austin Hunt has been great at displaying his more subtle side, Bye London Bye being a case in point, and even the eponymously titled album which followed having balancing his more punchy sonic bursts with more considered ballads and tasteful understatement.

Free, his latest single, sees him throw caution to the wind, a real rock-infused country salvo from the moment it explodes into the listener’s consciousness until the last notes fade away. A masterful blend of melody and muscle, groove and grace and the perfect coming together of Hunt‘s ability to pen a great tune and turn a few heads at the same time.

It’s a perfect single, one that plays to the alt-country, if not the pure country, gallery, which is robust enough to pique the interest of the rock and roll community and melodic enough to make waves in the mainstream. Sounds like he has it covered to me!

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