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Mates of State have made a new album called Mountaintops. You already love Jason and Kori’s unmistakable music, or perhaps you’ve managed to miss out or have simply misunderstood just how great – and yes, influential – they and their sound and their songs are. You throw the record on the stereo and the first thing you notice is the energy and force of it: You could use ... Read more in Amazon's Mates of State Store

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B000E6GC1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Think Long
2. Fraud In The 80's
3. Like U Crazy
4. Beautiful Dreamer
5. What It Means
6. For The Actor
7. Nature & The Wreck
8. So Many Ways
9. Punchlines
10. Running Out

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Mate's of State's unique, often complex, and always catchy pop gems defy genre boundaries. This husband/wife duo has released three previous full-lengths as well as numerous singles and EPs. Though a duo, they never fail to generate an abundance of melody and harmony via monster, bass-heavy organ, creative drumming, and alternately lushly layered and playfully dueling vocals. Bring It Back is Mates Of State at their complex yet lighthearted best: impeccably layered music that rewards attention, analysis, and repeated listens, but that's also instantly enchanting, drawing you in at once with hook upon incredible hook. BArsuk. 2006.

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There are songs designed for listening, for dancing, and for singing in the shower--Bring It Back hits all the bases. For their Barsuk Records debut, husband and wife duo Kori (vocals, organ) and Jason (vocals, drums) kick up more of an exuberant ruckus than ever before. They may be a twosome, but over a dozen musicians guest on their fuller-sounding fourth album, including infant daughter Magnolia (kazoo and "singing," i.e. cooing). Nicknamed "Bubs," she's also name-checked on "Like You Crazy" ("Bubs noticing bees in the air"). While the Gardner-Hammels aren't exactly competing with the sprawling Polyphonic Spree for "big band" supremacy, they do employ a choir on "Running Out," while additional instruments include bass ("Beautiful Dreamer"), trumpet ("For the Actor"), guitar ("Punchlines"), and viola ("Nature and the Wreck"). The centerpiece of their high-spirited sound, however, remains their irresistible hooks and exquisite harmonies, put to best effect on the stuttering "Fraud in the '80s" and bouncy "Beautiful Dreamer." Sometimes Kori takes the lead ("Running Out"), sometimes Jason ("What It Means"), but their voices are so tuned into each other that it's hard to pick a favorite (unlike most dual-vocalist bands where one inevitably outshines the other). Like the Beach Boys and the Turtles at their most euphoric, Bring It Back bursts with all the joy and vigor listeners have come to expect--and more of it. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Its difficult to imagine a more appropriate ending to an album.
Jordan Buchnell
I like all the other albums, but I really connected with this album from the first listen.
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You've done a disservice to yourself by reading this review instead of buying the album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Until now, Mates of State has been viewed too much as a curiousity item. "Look! no guitars! and only 2 people in the band! and they're married to each other!" Mates of States have been at it since the late 90s and now release their 4th album.

On "Bring It Back" (10 tracks, 45 min.), the husband and wife team of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel that comprises Mates of State open up their musical landscape, giving it a fuller sound, and to great effect. (If you are not familiar with Mates of State, their sound is similar to, say, Aqueduct.) Check out songs like "Beautiful Dreamer", an all-out rocker (remember, no guitars!). Kori's keyboards are much more fleshed out musically than ever, and Jason's drumming is as hard as ever, but the harmonizing vocals remain one of the best assets of the band. Other highlights of the album include "What It Means", a short but sweet song, "For the Actor", another harder song, and the closer track "Running Out", a 7 min. epic song that starts as off as a sweet song, only to bust loose, what a great way to finish the album.

"Bring It Back" is a breakout album for Mates of State, and one of the best album of 2006. If you have a chance to see them live, don't miss them. I saw them this weekend at the Desdemona Festival in Cincinnait, and they put on a terrific show. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Young Music Reviewer on March 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If there is anyone worthy of making fresh the overall wretched moniker of "indie pop darlings" it is a married couple Mates of State. Indie Pop darlings was an overall easy and corny joke and rundown upon the fact that any other pop album these days are either shiny, unclassifiable, the kind of sway your head to, or simply the ones your little brother/sister will quick get to before they hit their Slipknot and Pussycat Dolls' phase. Well, Mates of State is an absolute proof of not only do indie pop darlings fit them well enough, but they also prove that a joined group that plays together stays together long enough to hop onto another record label. (They were once on Polyvinyl, now they are residing on Barsuk Records.)

Opening with the basic starter, "Think Long", they play an ordinary Indie candidate so well that we barely notice that this band is drums and keyboard. The middle will snap you out of it and have you remember that this album is a melody scanner; an album that should forever be imprinted in your mind. It's when they play "Fraud in the 80's" that you raise the mandatory balloons and start shaking the feet. The chorus is also very considered catchy enough to get you zoning out. With the Mates of State, usually what you will get is a few melodies that will have you guessing that it is home-recorded (Yahoo! Even called the melodies "minimalist"), but "Fraud In The 80's" is a first sign that Mates of State will surely pull their power together to make them sound like there are two more people in the band packing such Garage sound.

"Like U Crazy" is an ultimate love song for the flawed, in where the lines "I like you crazy" doesn't really try to get into your brain, but they don't save the shining moment for just one spot into the song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marylee Jeria on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Two things:

1) if you enjoyed Team Boo, you'll enjoy this. Bit calmer, less.. hyper. Just as good.

2) I took "Nature & The Wreck" to be Kori's song to her baby daughter. Quite possibly the sweetest ode to parental love ever. "I know we haven't said enough, but I know I've never loved this much.." (Plus, if you look at the credits, a Magnolia Gardner Hammel gets credit for singing and kazoo playing on that track. Which is of course, the hoot and baby gurgles you hear at the end.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alex bushman on May 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My feelings about this album are that it's better, but it also has some downsides that the other albums didn't have because they were so hyper and that's that they are too repetitious with the ends of songs and that should just know when to cut it off. Other than that the music sounds great and they can only get better from here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Buchnell on August 18, 2006
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Mates of State's newest album, "Bring It Back" is just as good (if not better) than "Team Boo", the duo's previous album."

The album takes awhile to really start, due to the laid-back, almost lazy feel of the opening track, "Think Long." The following track, "Fraud in the 80's" is the band's first single, and it picks up the pace considerably from the previous track. The group's customary harmonies and layered vocals are as prominent as ever, with Jason and Kori's voices melding just as beautifully as on the most polished tracks of "Boo." At one point, the due croons "you will surely find this pleasing to your ears", and its hard to argue with them. Next is the 40's-style doo-wopping ballad, "Like U Crazy", during which one can't help but admire the sincere feelings the two of them share.

"Beautiful Dreamer" and "What It Means" are both strong tracks, with the latter being a rare song that Jason sings solo. I'm not sure if he wrote it with or without Kori, but it definitely has its own sound. "For the Actor" is my personal favorite track on the album, which begs the question why it wasnt the first single, a'la "Ha Ha." Regardless, this song will get stuck in your head as only that "Team Boo" track could.

"Nature and the Wreck" sounds exactly as the emotions it conveys: a sweeping, beautiful ballad in which Kori sings to her newly born daughter. The track ends with the cooing of their baby, which is gonna be cool for that kid when she grows up. "So Many Ways" is slightly weaker than the rest of the tracks, but still stands on its own as a strong track, with Jason really getting a chance to slam those cymbals.
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