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All songs are played and sung well and the earnestness in their performance has appeal.

Matthau Mikojan hails from Finland and has just released 'Her Foreign Language'; a self-written and produced album which is quite a quirky affair. Essentially, there are two styles involved – straightforward Boogie-based Rock and Bluesy/inventive slower paced Rock.

The styles are interspersed in the album, starting with the Prog-ish 'Wrapped' with snatches of sitars and an unusual chorus – it is actually a strong song and builds on you after a few listens. The more accessible upbeat songs provide a powerful antidote to the more Progressive songs – so following the opener there is the straightforward 'Things You Can't Handle' with a nice tone to its guitar solo.

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Some of the slower paced tracks are a bit too melancholy for my liking, such as 'You' and 'Presence' but fair play to him for trying to do something different to a standard ballad format. Again, on repeated listening they have a strange catchy feel to them. The jaunty 'Another Snake In Paradise' and 'Gold And Silver' lighten the overall mood of the album and I would say this style of song is Mikojan's sweet spot.

All songs are played and sung well and the earnestness in their performance has appeal – they just need a target audience. Although on balance this is a Rock album, there is a tone to Matthau Mikojan's voice that is reminiscent of David Bowie – that may explain my inability to definitively categorise this album.

Rob McKenzie

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