Matthew E. White

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Matthew E. White

by Darren Levin | March 5th, 2015 12:00:AM EST

Soft rock hasn't had a proper hero since it was totally acceptable and completely un-ironic to wear a pair of tan loafers sans socks. Enter Matthew E. White. The Virginia-based singer was a revelation when he emerged with gospel-tinged debut Big Inner (2012). On its full-length follow-up he's well and truly arrived. White's great deception is the way he makes bold statements from such a hushed voice. Which makes it all the more curious why he's released a "minimalist mix" as a special-edition bonus disc sans orchestration and backing vox. These songs demand the full treatment – from the sweeping strings of "Vision" to the horns that make "Take Care My Baby" such a tour de force.

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