Mat McHugh, better known as the frontman of The Beautiful Girls has just released his second solo album Love Come Save Me. This year it has been ten years since The Beautiful Girls, and by his own admission, Mat has tried it all.
With his most recent release, the Australian songwriter is offering the music to fans for free as a digital download. McHugh claims on the albums website that Love Come Save Me is a way to thank and give back to those who have supported him and his music throughout the years.
“My only goal is to spread love and give something back to the universe,” he writes in a letter to fans.
McHugh has said that Love Come Save Me is the best work he has ever done; and listening to the album you get a sense that he has put much more of himself into these songs than ever before. It is this honesty, coupled with the simple, catchy melodies that make the album such an outstanding piece of work. It really is no surprise that the album has been downloaded thousands of times by fellow music lovers. The songs simply draw you in and make you want to share the love, which ultimately is what this album is all about.
The album instantly draws listeners in with the opening track "Go Don't Stop". The song’s upbeat reggae chords played on an acoustic guitar coupled with McHugh's effortless vocals and simple lyrics make it unforgettable.
All of the songs on Love Come Save Me are simple, yet reflective in nature evoking images of life, love, sun, and surf. The stripped back acoustic melodies make the reflective lyrics even more effective. A particular standout on the album is the second track "Strange Days". Once again McHugh's reflective lyrics make the song shine as he sings about his dreams and fears. It is the lyrics that make this song so powerful and evoke emotions in listeners. It is with this track that McHugh demonstrates that Love Come Save Me is much more than reggae-inspired summer tunes.
There are a handful of standout tracks on the album including "A Pocket Full Of Shells", which features a stunning harmonica part to accompany the acoustic melody, and lyrics that make you believe that love really has the power to save someone.
The closing track "Breaking Your Fall (For Kingston)" is another standout on the album. The song immediately feels different to others on the album, it is slower and has a raw quality sounding more like we are listening in to McHugh singing a lullaby to his young son, as he warns him about the nature of the world.
Love Come Save Me is an album that should be listened to, above all it is an album that should be shared. If you only download one album this year make it this one, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.