City of Black & White

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City of Black & White
Studio album by Mat Kearney
Released May 19, 2009
Recorded Blackbird Studios
Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Rock, Pop, Acoustic
Length 50:02
63:45 (Bonus Track Version)
Label Aware / Columbia
Producer Robert Marvin, Mat Kearney
Mat Kearney chronology
Nothing Left to Lose
(2006)
City of Black & White
(2009)
Young Love
(2011)
Singles from City of Black & White
  1. "Closer to Love"
    Released: March 10, 2009
  2. "All I Have"
    Released: 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Album Project 4/5 stars[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[3]

City of Black & White is the third studio album by Mat Kearney. Released on May 19, 2009, it follows his 2006 major-label debut Nothing Left to Lose. The first single "Closer to Love" was released on March 10, 2009 as a digital download. To promote the album, Kearney toured with Keane and The Helio Sequence.[4] On the day of its release, the bonus track version peaked at #7 on the iTunes Top Albums, and the standard version peaked at #19.[5] Kearney wrote the title track while traveling in Turkey. He explained that this song "was born on a ferry as I crossed the Bosphorus River, which splits Istanbul in two.".[6] "Fire & Rain" was also released as a digital download to MySpace the week of the album release. Immediately after the album was released, "Lifeline" was used in commercial adverisment for season 3 of Lifetime Television's Army Wives. The commercial has been aired not only on Lifetime but ABC as well.

According to Soundscan, as of September 21, 2010, City of Black & White has sold 87,459 copies in the US.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mat Kearney unless stated otherwise.

  1. "All I Have"- 4:49
  2. "Fire & Rain"- 3:50 (Mat Kearney, Robert Marvin)
  3. "Closer to Love" – 3:37 (Mat Kearney, Robert Marvin, Josiah Bell)
  4. "Here We Go" – 4:14 (Mat Kearney, Robert Marvin)
  5. "Lifeline" - 4:14 (Mat Kearney, Trent Dabbs, Matthew Perryman Jones)
  6. "New York to California"- 4:15
  7. "Runaway Car" - 4:12
  8. "Never Be Ready" - 3:37 (Mat Kearney, Trent Dabbs, Hilary Lindsey)
  9. "Annie" - 3:49
  10. "Straight Away" - 3:51
  11. "On and On" - 4:02 (Mat Kearney, Kate York)
  12. "City of Black & White" - 5:38 (Mat Kearney, Michael Logan)
  13. "Everyone I Know" (iTunes bonus track) - 4:33
  14. "Here We Go (acoustic)" (iTunes bonus track) - 4:04
  15. "All I Have (acoustic)" (iTunes bonus video) - 5:06
  16. "Closer to Love (acoustic)" (iTunes pre-order bonus track) - 5:06
  17. "Save A Line" (Best Buy bonus track) - 4:09
  18. "Fire & Rain (Acoustic)" (Best Buy bonus track) - 3:51

Personnel[edit]

  • Mat Kearney - vocals (1-12), acoustic guitar (1-3, 5, 7-12), electric guitar (2-4, 6, 7, 9-11), CP70 (4), keys (5), piano (6, 10), synths (6, 11), vocal choir (6), bells (7), mandolin (12)
  • Robert Marvin - piano (1, 2), synths (2-4, 8, 9, 12), programming (2, 3), keys (3, 4, 11), vocoder (4, 12), tack piano (5), synth bass (7, 8), synth textures (7), CP70 (8, 9), sampler (11)
  • Tyler Burkum - acoustic guitar (1), electric guitar (1)
  • Paul Moak - electric guitar (3, 5-11), B3 (11, 12), electric guitar (12), electric mandolin (12)
  • Lynn Nichols - electric guitar (4, 5, 8)
  • Dan Brigham - electric guitar (10, 12), upright piano (12), cello (12), guitar (12), programming (12), sonic textures (12)
  • Gabe Scott - hammered dulcimer (3, 12), lap steel (6, 12)
  • Tony Lucido - bass (1, 2, 4-8, 10, 11)
  • Mike Elizondo - bass (3)
  • Aaron Sands - bass (9)
  • Jeremy Lutito - drums (1, 2)
  • Aaron Sterling - drums (3, 5, 7, 9-11)
  • Joshua Crosby - drums (4)
  • Will Sayles - drums (8)
  • Josiah Bell - programming (3, 10)
  • Claire Indie - cello (6)
  • Jason Lehning - keys (11), electric guitar (11), piano (12)

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