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Emblems

June 7, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Label: MRI
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Altitude Records
  • Total Length: 49:54
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0050AAOGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,676 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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The songs are vibrant, beautiful and full of life.
Sancho Perez
There are relatively few records I can honestly say I make it all the way through and turn right around and listen to again, but this is one of them.
Eric Burnley
I heard about this from my brother in law, have had this album for several years now, and love it still.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mike on May 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Emblems" has exceeded even my highest expectations and standards for not only MPPA as a band, but for Matt Pond himself as a songwriter and frontman of one of the most complex and outstanding groups in the genre. First and foremost, this band has matured at an alarmingly exponential rate throughout the years over a span of 4 full-length LP's and an EP, expanding on their musical abilities and experimenting with different sounds, as well as meshing together as an orchestra of mature, well-produced sounds of love, nature, and well being. Now with its latest offering on Altitude Records, which is without a doubt their strongest and most moving material yet, MPPA definitely kick things up by adding a very tasteful upbeat and fresh feeling to the new songs, which seem to pack the same punch that the standout tracks on their previous effort, "The Nature of Maps" had, but also seem more lush and mature than their past attempts. Its no argument that this is also the most well-produced release to date, which was also to my surprise, for I was a little skeptical when hearing the news that this would be released under a new label and not Polyvinyl, but to my pleasant surprise, every aspect of this CD, from its packaging to its layout to the production itself, I am overly impressed with Altitude Records' finished product, and I am once again reminded why Matt Pond PA is an untouchable force in the singer/songwriter genre, and there is no chance that he will go unnoticed by eyes and ears from all over for much longer. I don't care if its too early to give out my unofficial pick for record of the year, because this is all I'll need to hear for the rest of the year to be happy anyway. Do yourself a favor and become a fan today if you're not already, it won't be hard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Price on June 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I picked up matt pond PA after hearing "Grave's Disease" on insound.com. If you want to sample more of matt pond PA, they have a generous helping of downloadable .mp3's on their own website.
In any case, Emblems blows me away. At first I thought I wouldn't be too into MPPA, because wouldn't consider myself very into "nature rock." Nature is present inside of Emblems, but it's very subtle, generally references to seasons. But I like how self-referential the band is. Recurring themes are played out through the album and earlier albums, keep an ear of for repeated lyrics in different songs.
"The Butcher" is my favorite track on the CD, closely followed "Summer (Butcher Two)" and "Kc." "Kc" rocks out in an spooky way I can't describe, but it's a fitting opening to the album. I definitely have favorites on the CD, but I don't think there are any weak tracks. Buy it and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Burnley on February 25, 2005
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This is such an enjoyable record. The sense of melody & harmony is amazing, the instrumentation and arrangements keep everything interesting, and I always come back for multiple listens. Matt Pond pa's songs (on all their records) are just material that sticks with you long after the disc stops spinning. There are relatively few records I can honestly say I make it all the way through and turn right around and listen to again, but this is one of them. Acoustic guitars serve as the material's central focus, but they're not strummed in the plain, singer/songwriter way that's overly used and abused. The use of rhythms is intriguingly different, and each song has a wonderful sense of scope to suck you in. The acoustics are supplemented with tasteful electric guitars, cello (her parts are always interesting and memorable), rhodes, organs, keyboards, and a fantastic rhythm section. You can always walk away from one of these songs with no less than a dozen melodies in your head, be it the vocals, the cello, the guitars, whatever. If beautiful, catchy "chamber pop" even intrigues you a little, go for this record. It's a great place to start with their material, and in my opinion tops the last record (The Nature of Maps, which I absolutely loved).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Nelson on December 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
At first listen, you'd swear that Matt Pond was just a pseudonym for Peter Gabriel; the similarity of their voices on several of the songs on this album is startling. This is music that builds; Pond's voice is one of many instruments used to construct a series of richly textured songs. Another of the band's five members is a cello player; her work adds a unique sound to the album, driving forward many songs with an intensity that only an instrument played with a bow can. The lyrics are deeply personal-surely some of the events related here actually happened to Pond-and the music suits this. Lush and layered, it cradles Pond's words and emphasizes them. This is probably the least-known and lowest-selling record I bought in 2004-but it deserves a much wider audience. It's only $10!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Harrington on January 28, 2006
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A wonderful, wonderful album. Not a bad song on the cd. The lyrics are thought provoking, the music warm and enjoyable. matt pond PA, as on their previous album, have made an album not just for fans of "indie" bands, but one that any music fan will enjoy. They know thier way around a catchy hook, while not giving anything up lyrically. Fans of matt pond PA must have this album. One of my top 5 albums for 2005.
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