Im always slightly sceptical when reviewing an album that comes presented in nicely designed artwork. Not that it doesnt beat the all too familiar folded scrap of A4 hands down, but theres the possibility the artist has invested more in style rather than substance.
Thankfully in the case of Matt Bentleys latest offering, it is instantly clear that as much effort has gone into the all-important substance. Granted his percussive acoustic style is not quite as revolutionary as his press sheet would have you believe, but by the same token, nor is this the work of amateur, hastily throwing ideas around for the sake of it.
Tracks such as opener This Old Town, Worm and title track Entropy, all standout with pleasant melodies and varied instrumentation accompanying the leading acoustic rhythm. Additionally, the two instrumental tracks are also a refreshing touch, an art form often neglected, showing Bentleys competence as a musician, and ambition to create something more than just the usual singer / songwriter fodder.
Made with care and consideration, whilst Bentley might not be the kind of act to take Leeds by the storm anytime soon, its hard to ignore the quality of craftsmanship on offer here.