Most underrated record of 2003
One of the most game-changing, emotional, and all-around perfect albums is 2003's Stories and Alibis by Matchbook Romance. I remember hearing that album for the first time, and I was quickly taken away. They just come out swinging right away with the neat drum beat and that little guitar hammer, and then it just goes to rocking out time on the first actual track, “Your Stories, My Alibis.”
I immediately just thought, "There is nothing like this." The emotion in this album is infectious and connecting. Although all these go front-to-back unskippable, this one is loaded even more, if possible.
Some of my favorite songs include the heavy-hitting emotional song “Promise,” a softer acoustic song, “Tiger Lilly,” a speed back up song, “She’ll Never Understand,” and a closing track that is perfectly fitting for the album closer, “The Greatest Fall of All Time.” This band went on to produce another album before breaking up in 2007. They only got back together for some reunion shows and called it quits in 2012.
Occasionally, you can experience a piece of music that hits you and changes everything. You can point to a pivotal part in your life that had a significant impact. This release is one of those for me.