Signs of a Struggle

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Signs of a Struggle
Studio album by Mattafix
Released 31 October 2005
Genre Pop, urban, reggae[1]
Length 61:13
Label Virgin (EMI International), Angel Music, Beegood Limited, Buddhist Punk
Producer Mattafix with additional production and mixing by Jim Abyss, Craig Silvy, Steve Dubb and Seggs
Mattafix chronology
Signs of a Struggle
(2005)
Rhythm & Hymns
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]

Signs of a Struggle is the debut album by English recording duo Mattafix, released on 31 October 2005 throughout Europe. The duo stated that the album is a reflection of the experiences and hardships they have gone through.

Reception[edit]

Allmusic writer Alexey Eremenko gave the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, praising the originality and variety of styles by saying: "The debut album by Mattafix is a pleasantly tantalizing experience of guessing the sound and never being quite there -- because Mattafix has taken the old elements and made them into something new, or at least untried before."[1]

However, Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian gave the album two stars out of five, criticising the lyrical themes which blamed different people, saying: "The bellyflop performed by Ms Dynamite's second album suggests that the British public have scant tolerance for the sound of fingers being wagged in their faces. This is bad news for London-based duo Mattafix, whose debut consists of little else."[2]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Gangster Blues" (Marlon Roudette) - 4:19
  2. "Big City Life" (Marlon Roudette/Preetesh Hirji) - 4:00
  3. "Passer By" (Marlon Roudette/Ross Godfrey/Chris Harrison) - 3:33
  4. "To & Fro" (Marlon Roudette/Preetesh Hirji) - 4:04
  5. "Everyone Around You" (Marlon Roudette/Preetesh Hirji) - 4:58
  6. "Clear and Present Danger" (Marlon Roudette/Preetesh Hirji) - 4:20
  7. "Older" (Marlon Roudette) - 2:49
  8. "I to You" (Marlon Roudette/Phil Thornally) - 4:21
  9. "Impartial" (Marlon Roudette/Preetesh Hirji) - 3:55
  10. "The Means" (Marlon Roudette/Preetesh Hirji) - 4:09
  11. "11.30 (Dirtiest Trick in Town)" (Marlon Roudette/Oshik Levy/Neil Pearson) - 3:28
  12. "The Forgotten" (Marlon Roudette/Ross Godfrey/Chris Harrison) - 3:52
  13. "555" (Marlon Roudette/Preetesh Hirji) - 6:33
  14. "Cool Down the Pace" (Gregory Isaacs/Sylvester Weise) - 7:02

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 10
Belgian Alternative Albums Chart 32
European Albums Chart 62
French Albums Chart 75
German Albums Chart 35
Italian Albums Chart 12
Polish Albums Chart 64
Swiss Albums Chart 15
UK Albums Chart 159

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eremenko, Alexey (2005). "Signs of a Struggle - Mattafix". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Review. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  2. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (25 October 2005). "CD: Mattafix, Signs of a Struggle". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2011-09-04.