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They Really Do Have Better Health Care in Canada

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Matthew Good
Hospital Music
Universal (Import) or via iTunes
Released in the US: August 7, 2007

When the dude's record starts off with a recorded voice repeatedly saying "I hate you" and you know that he is recently divorced, and you know that he accidentally overdosed on prescribed medicines and ended up in the hospital... then the mental ward... well, those "I hate you's" are giving you a faint hint that this dude is going to confront the last year of his life boldly and frankly.

The crazy thing is, he almost does it in a happy way.

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In the last twelve months Canadian rocker Matthew Good, 36, was diagnosed with manic depression, prescribed a variety of meds, became addicted to and accidentally od'ed on said meds, decided to sell his new records in the US without a record company but not alone, moved out of his apartment, and divorced his super hot wife.

So when the "I hate you" voice on "Champions of Nothing", the opening cut of this brilliant cd, becomes replaced with one that says "try again", it's in the tone of an invitation, not of denouncement. And half way through the sound you realize that this is not a victim song. And then comes the David Gilmourish solo followed with the Power Station drum fill and you realize you're in some uncharted territory.

The anesthesia must be working.