Heading up Kansas indie band Butterglory, Matt Suggs ended the '90s in disarray as first the band, then his relationship with its girl drummer, dissolved. Returning home to California, he cut countrified solo debut The Golden Days Before They End in 2000. Returning with Brooklyn's Thee Higher Burning Fire as back-up, its successor is harder, crusted in antsy guitars, though Suggs' slightly distracted vocals give it a homemade quality that pushes Amigo Row into Hayden territory rather than straight-ahead rock.

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Matt Suggs – Amigo Row

Heading up Kansas indie band Butterglory, Matt Suggs ended the ’90s in disarray as first the band, then his relationship with its girl drummer, dissolved. Returning home to California, he cut countrified solo debut The Golden Days Before They End in 2000. Returning with Brooklyn’s Thee Higher Burning Fire as back-up, its successor is harder, crusted in antsy guitars, though Suggs’ slightly distracted vocals give it a homemade quality that pushes Amigo Row into Hayden territory rather than straight-ahead rock. When alone at piano (as on spongy opener “Father”), he’s often sublime, while “New Year” and “Calm Down” suggest the protracted healing of a shattered heart.