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Bad Contestant

Matt Maltese

Bad Contestant

Debut album from the 21 year old Reading singer-songwriter

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Atlantic Records
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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    A stunning debut with two very opposing personalities
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The schmaltz never halts on this superb debut from the 21-year-old Reading crooner
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Matt Maltese may be the crooner we need, if not deserve, in 2018
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    Meticulous instrumental arrangements and clever storytelling
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Full of strange little pop songs that can delight and subvert in equal measure and makes for a pretty startling debut, all in all
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Maltese never lets things stagnate, buoying the album along with his amusing lyricism. Print edition only

  7. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    At times it still meanders a bit too close to generic chart pop, but with words to give Father John Misty a run for his money, this feels like it’s only the start for Maltese
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