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Album Review: What the World Needs Now (single)
Matt Johnson and Shortcut Sunny
Cover image of the album What the World Needs Now (single) by Matt Johnson and Shortcut Sunny
What the World Needs Now (single)
Matt Johnson and Shortcut Sunny
2022 / Dolce & Nuit Productions
4 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Brothers Matt Johnson and Shortcut Sunny have created a brand new arrangement of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic from 1965, "What the World Needs Now." Matt did the arranging and plays the piano while Shortcut Sunny provides soulful vocals. Joining the duo are Andrew Toy on drums and percussion and Christopher Brown on acoustic bass.

Matt Johnson's music is usually difficult to put into one specific genre, and this arrangement is no exception. Something of a hybrid of jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop, it should appeal to a very broad audience. Bacharach and David created dozens of great songs that have aged really well over the decades, and this updated version of "What the World Needs Now" could be referred to as "Feel Good Music for 2022 (and Beyond)."

Matt created a very special music video to go with the single release that features a montage of symbols of love and peace, and adds an even deeper meaning to this beautiful song.

Matt also designed the cover artwork. He rotated the colors of the Ukrainian flag as a reference to this turbulent time in history and then added a heart and a peace symbol to signify our need for love and peace.

Matt describes the single this way: "Love, Peace and a Smile are included in this timeless song of hope by brothers Shortcut Sunny and Matt Johnson." I couldn't agree more!

"What the World Needs Now" and its companion video are available as free downloads on Matt's site. The single is available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites such as Spotify. The video is available for viewing on YouTube as well as on Matt's site. Add a little sunshine to your day (or night!) and check this out!
July 15, 2022
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