Summary"Inevitably, there's some symbolism implied when an artist, after years of lurking behind a semi-obscure pseudonym, head down, eyes averted, shoulders squeezed and high, puts out a record under his common name. Former Third Eye Foundation principal Matt Elliott has spent most of his recording career as a modish UK hipster in a dark disguise: thus, the leap from "Third Eye Foundation" to "Matt Elliott" should involve a nice dose of lurid confessionalism, some new found honesty, a running-around-naked-in-daylight reinvention of self. Right?
Hey, turn this car around! Someone left the personal catharsis at home! The Mess We Made, Matt Elliott's proper debut as Matt Elliott is, at least atmospherically, just as shadowed and sinister as his late, orchestral Third Eye work. Despite some significant tactical shifts and a deliberate creep away from jungle electronics, it's time to dig back into your Matt Elliott vocabulary sacks and whip out the perfunctory TEF adjectives: spectral, nightmarish, spare. Somehow, they all still apply."
PITCHFORK (15th of June 2003)