Songwriter Mat Kearney’s blend of white-bread acoustic soul-pop and thrumming electro beats suggests David Grey with his electronic fascination turned up to 11 doing his best imitation of Gavin DeGraw or Jason Mraz. It’s hook-laden adult contemporary pop with a deep groove and earnest irrepressible hopefulness. It’s diverse enough to support a range of artists including kindred souls John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Mutemath, Keane, and, most recently, Owl City. Kearney was a soccer player in high school and partied through college, but found the lifestyle lacking. After releasing his 2004 solo debut, Bullet, Kearney signed to Columbia, releasing Nothing Left to Lose in 2006. He aimed for a more polished, straightforward pop songcraft for 2009’s City of Black & White, which climbed to No. 13 on Billboard. His latest, Young Love, bettered that, reaching No. 4 while showcasing a more big-bodied, fully realized blend of acoustic and synthetic tones with big singsong melodies.
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