Matt Nathanson – Modern Love (Vanguard / EMI Music Canada)

It’s taken Matt Nathanson four years, but he’s finally followed up his 2007 record Some Mad Hope. For a while, you couldn’t escape his song Come Get Higher from that record. Truthfully, any number of songs from Nathanson’s newest album could be bound for the same fate. The one-two punch of the title track shows that while Nathanson isn’t the most original songwriter, he has a knack for pop melodies. Nathanson offers a helping of ballads to fill the gaps between shiny pop songs, though those moments aren’t memorable compared to the straightforward pop offerings.