It Could Be Wertz
Matt Wertzâ€šÃ„Ã´s latest CD Everything in Between is upbeat, friendly and soulful. Wertz is young and personable. Whatâ€šÃ„Ã´s not to like? The album is slick without being overproduced. Thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s nothing truly unusual or groundbreaking about it but thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s not a bad thing. He doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t try to do too much so what he does he does well. Wertz has a sizeable fan base in the Christian rock world from performing at youth camps and his music reflects it. Wertzâ€šÃ„Ã´ breezy guitar and folksy rock style seem to fit him. Heâ€šÃ„Ã´s said in the past that heâ€šÃ„Ã´s like â€šÃ„Ãºa pair of worn jeansâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and heâ€šÃ„Ã´s right. Heâ€šÃ„Ã´s comfortable as a performer, sounding very much like fellow young guitarist/singer John Mayer. The songs are mostly energetic although there are a few heart-on-your-sleeve ballads. The CD opens with the friendly, bubbly â€šÃ„ÃºThe Way I Feel,â€šÃ„Ã¹ cheery but not saccharine. The tight â€šÃ„ÃºOver Youâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a spirited, energetic song about post-breakup regret.
The catchy â€šÃ„ÃºCarolinaâ€šÃ„Ã¹ seems designed to make the young girls swoon. Wertz flirts while acknowledging his propensity for stealing a new heart, singing â€šÃ„Ãºthis is just my tendency / Forgive me.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The ballads like â€šÃ„ÃºI Will Give You What You Needâ€šÃ„Ã¹ work nicely too, and the romantic â€šÃ„Ãº5:19â€šÃ„Ã¹ is about giving the one you love some space even though you miss them, â€šÃ„Ãºholding loose / But ainâ€šÃ„Ã´t letting go.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Everything in Between shows Matt Wertz to be a solid performer. His biggest obstacle to larger success may be sounding so much like better-known artists like Mayer and Gavin DeGraw that he could be forgotten.