Good grief, what happened to Matt Good? Recently divorced, noticeably heavier, the Canrocker had an "accidental" overdose in his parents' shower, which seems to have sent him to a place we can only assume inspired the title of this firmly depressing seventh addition to the Good discography. Granted, the prickly songwriter was never a picnic in the park kind of guy, but Hospital Music reaches new depths of warbling melancholy, even by his standards.
The cheerily-titled opener Champions Of Nothing is nearly 10 minutes of grinding rock with chilly samples recorded in what sounds like a mental ward (there's a Daniel Johnston cover on here for a reason). The sun breaks through the clouds a few tracks in with Born Losers (another rosy title), where Good indulges his fans with bellicose, radio-ready vocal hooks, and the uptempo The Devil's In Your Details, where Good nearly makes you believe life might be worth living.