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The deep thought-process behind Otor Matthew’s ‘Everything in Between’

Spoken-word album Review

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EVERYTHING in Between is a beautifully crafted and mind-blowing album that showcases the talent and thought process of the poet, Matthew Otor. The album consists of five tracks, each with its unique sound and message.

Starting with the first track, “Everything in Between,” serves as an excellent intro to the album, setting the tone for what is to come. The second track, “Scum,” is a powerful piece with a captivating soundtrack that connects the beats with the words, making it feel like a cinematic experience. However, some lines could have been restructured to better address the heavy reality of those labeled as “scum.”

The third track, “Cancel Me,” highlights a topic that isn’t discussed enough – the effect of cancellation culture. The lines “Wounded people lick lick, wounding people click click, broken people pick quick, breaking people kick kick. The speck in your eyes makes me sick sick, the stick in my eyes you dare not speak speak. Self-righteousness throws the brick brick. Have you canceled all you ever worked for, vanished like a magic trick” powerfully summarises this effect

Although the poet didn’t highlight this, I believe that while mistakes are a part of learning and growing, true restitution and change are necessary before someone is not defined by their past or mistakes. 

The fourth track, “Opium,” initially sounds like it’s about the drug, but on further listening, it becomes clear that it’s about religion, government, and people in power. The way the poet crafted the lyrics makes it a work of art that speaks to the listener on multiple levels.

The final track, “Not Sexist,” is the weakest on the album. While the poet’s intention is to show that he is not sexist, the lyrics come across as contradictory. The statement that “feminism has drifted from equality and justice to hate and disgust” is particularly problematic, as it contradicts the fight for gender equality that women have been fighting for generations. Feminism has not and is not resting on the tips of the tongues and the thumbs of Twitter women’s fingers. 

Women are still fighting to be seen, to be heard around the world, and to just be. What do you expect a woman who has been taught for generations and by society to pass down to her daughter? Garbage in, garbage out if women do not keep fighting. So, the fight for feminism is essential to creating a world where women can raise their daughters to be their best selves.

Regardless of what the poet said about true beauty not being cosmetic, it’s crucial to recognise that a woman can both love herself and want to enhance her appearance with makeup or surgery.

Despite these missteps, the poet shines in his commentary on the male gender. The poet’s reflection on the male gender is refreshing because it’s time for society to unlearn these harmful beliefs. 

To answer the poet’s last question, yes, women know they are not less. They know also that they are more than men could ever know. But when they are constantly told that they are less, they begin to doubt what they even know.

Overall, “Everything in Between” is a thought-provoking and well-crafted album that tackles important issues in society. While some of the lyrics could be restructured or more sensitively phrased, the poet’s talent and message shine through, making this a valuable addition to anyone’s music library.

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