On his new album "Boxers," veteran songwriter and rocker Matthew Ryan takes the gloves off. You could call it a back to rock 'n' roll basics album, if your idea of basics is pure conviction, unvarnished commitment, "busted chords and a broken voice." The title track, especially, expresses a fierce commitment to justice and to the elusive dream of rock 'n' roll. It's the sound of an artist who still believes that promise is worth fighting for, worth keeping.
When Matthew Ryan first appeared circa 1996, he was an angry young man with a guitar and a typewriter and a bowl full of burned cigarettes. He's older now, wiser, still angry at times, but mostly more patient, more forgiving, of others and of himself.