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Brooklyn-based duo Matt and Kim return with Grand, their second album and first in over two years. During the period in between records the duo has toured extensively and developed a loyal and growing fan base that eagerly awaits the release of Grand. The band spent the last nine months recording and tweaking Grand in between tour dates.

The result is an album that takes the band's musicianship and songwriting to the next level and also serves as a glowing representation of how far Matt and Kim have come since their debut. From the anthemic opener 'Daylight' to the harmony-rich, atmospheric ballad 'Turn This Boat Around' and demented pop of 'I Wanna,' Grand is quite literally the sound of Matt and Kim discovering their voice.

'All of the songs on the last album we wrote the first year we learned how to play our instruments,' Matt acknowledged, 'but this one is much more diverse and instead of thinking about the songs we thought of the album as a whole, too.'

1. Daylight
2. Cutdown
3. Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare
4. Spare Change
5. I Wanna
6. Lessons Learned
7. Don't Slow Down
8. Turn This Boat Around
9. Cinders
10. I'll Take Us Home
11. Daylight Outro (Remix)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fader Label
  • ASIN: B001KY47RW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Travis Pelt on February 5, 2010
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Mat and Kim are constantly playful and their music gives off a strong playful vibe that seems like a sonic cocktail. There's just something refreshing about hearing music made by a couple of people messing around on a keyboard and drums - they're not exactly the best music you've heard but they're pretty fun. I don't listen to Grand very often, but when I do, it makes me happy, like a had some Oreo's dipped in Baileys.
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Matt and Kim's album Grand, is a spectacular album that was introduced to me by the younger crowd. I became a huge fan of Matt and Kim after watching their music video "Daylight". Daylight is their key single, and it doesn't require any warming up to like. I fell in love with its simple, catchy, unique lyrics. Sung by Matt who has a great voice and is perfectly casted with the wild Kim. In concert these two are insane! I watched them live at this years Lollapalooza in Chicago, and let me say they are awesome live.

The energy that this album creates is in every crisp song on this tightly packed album. Every song is like a party, and you can hear where the money went into the making of this music album. In a popular video interview, Matt and Kim spoke about the making of Grand, and how it was a learning process. Instead of paying a studio to make the sounds and record every song on this album, Matt and Kim invested all of their funds towards the gear and equipment the would need to have more control over their own music. What you hear in Grand, is fresh, and something inspired by the top 40 hiphop.

Kim plays the drums with frenzy, and daft skill. She and Matt are best friends, and are always happy to just be making music and partying with people who like what they do. They haven't blown up yet, but by the looks at Lollapalooza, they are on the verge of becoming a huge band.

They love Chicago, and party hard. They are well known for their likeability, and their willingness to stay in touch with their fans. You can follow Matt and Kim on twitter (like me) or by way of their awesome website. They are promising to find out all of their fans. "You don't have to come see us, we'll go to where you are." I highly recommend this band. Daylight will hit your ears like tasting strawberries with whipcream for the first time. I love this band, and their talents are no better seved than on Grand.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Moffitt on July 9, 2009
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I've been listening to this album on the way to and from work while reading the paper, and I often find myself not even reading the words on the page, but instead focusing intensely on the sounds and patterns of the music. I can't explain how it draws me in so effectively. Every song on this album is amazing, especially Daylight, Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare, Lessons Learned, and I'll Take Us Home. With 15,000+ songs on my ipod, I haven't strayed from this album in more than two weeks.

Can't wait to see these guys at the Black Cat in September.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Brillhart on January 8, 2011
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I first heard "Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare" while eating dinner in a tiny restaurant in Zion National Park. It totally piqued my interest and I had to know what it was. Thankfully for an iPhone App, I was able to identify it and immediately bought the album when I got home, only to be pleasantly surprised by another album that just came out in November 2010 called "Sidewalks." Both are incredible and I am so grateful to have found Matt & Kim.
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By TobycW on January 1, 2011
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This is one of my favorite albums of the last two years. Headlined by the fabulous Daylight that was featured on the Bacardi Mojito commercial, this album has a lot more melody and is more put-together than their debut album which is quite a bit more raw. Most of the songs on this album will have you humming along and clapping with the tunes. A very fun and enjoyable alt rock offering! HIGHLY recommended.
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By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2013
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I just got this CD even though they have newer ones out. I like to hear where bands come from and I love this band.

I fell it love with it because of the hit on the radio (or where ever i heard it) but now after hearing this album i love them even more.

The music is definatley happy and emotional at the same time. It always makes me smile and want to dance.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Abrahamsen on June 2, 2009
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You can't help but to be drawn to this music. Certain songs (Daylight, Lessons Learned) even bring you into a state of musical euphoria, and not many songs are capable of doing that (I have 300+ records/cd's/albums, I should know). Grand is definately one of the best records of 2009. It's unique, clean, fresh, irresistibly catchy, brilliant indie music, what more could you want.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flap Jackson on March 1, 2010
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Make no mistake about it, with only keyboards and drums to fill their songs, along with quirky lyrics, Matt & Kim are making some indie pop. All of it is happy, some of it is quirky, some of it is fun, some of it doesn't particularly warrant listening to more than twice, and some it sounds like the upbeat soundtrack to a Mario game.

Highlights Include:
Daylight
Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare
Don't Slow Down
Cinders

Overall, clocking in at just under 30 minutes, 'Grand' is fast-paced & fun, but apart from its singles, there's not too much of a reason to keep coming back for more. There's an instant classic of a song, but Matt & Kim need to keep experimenting to truly find a solid album. To me, their two instruments just don't have enough to sustain the group, and after a while, you've just about done everything you can with the music. And that's just after 30 minutes. Can you imagine what would happen if they went longer?
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