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Mountaintops

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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:Go slightly deeper and you find the song-craft. You find that Kori is one of the best female singers in modern music (and Jason is also no slouch). You notice the effortless way their voices harmonize and volley back and forth, the movements within the song, the way they move from upbeat to pastoral so fluidly that you don't perceive it happening. Their instruments and voices all move as one piece, inseparable. Through the years, the textures have become more intricate, deeper. They've begun throwing in the occasional trumpet or guitar, but it is still stunning how much they can do with just keyboards and drums.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B005CAAW4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This time around, indie duo Mates Of State offer up a charming blend of their signature bouncy hooks, lyrics that cover a broader range of emotions, and a diverse sonic palette to keep things interesting. Augmenting their usual organ-heavy attack with oddball keyboard lines, new wave synth textures and some sequenced percussion, the album has a unique charm and doesn't closely resemble the vibe of any previous Mates album. Lyrically, this may be their most direct, accessible songwriting to date, exploring territory seldom-charted before - loneliness, confusion and a longing for the past. That's not to say they don't deliver their usual sugar-coated rush of fun -- it's still here in spades. Upbeat rockers like "Marracas" and "Sway" should land themselves into many a fan's personal "Best Of" playlist. Some of the balladry and melancholia of 2008's Re-Arrange Us finds its way into the track list, but for the most part, it sits well. Over all, while it's not the best work in the group's catalog, it's certainly a solid album with plenty of new sounds and themes to sink your teeth into.
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I always thought their marriage must be going quite well. They pack the catchiness of three pop songs into one and remain fresh-faced and clear-eyed even when their central optimism gives way to personal and monetary reflection. This being their seventh album their basic drums/keyboards instrumentation expands even more, resulting in a compact, old-fashioned sound that - with its exuberant choruses and movements within songs - takes some sorting out. The key is to just let it roll. Let them take you home.
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I love ALL Mates of State albums, and this one is excellent - so if your'e a fan, don't hesitate to get it. The only reason I give it 4 stars is that it doesn't seem to have much growth in it. It is similar to their other work and pretty much on the same level; there are other albums that I like more. Oooh but I do love it. Can I give it 4.5?
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Mates of State have made it their business to construct rock-solid pop songs. Like their previous releases, Mountaintops is chocked full of singable choruses, obtuse lyrics, and their joyous sound. But they're evolving, and this is a well-produced, smart, and complete record. I want to listen to it all the time.
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After the depressing last album, I was wondering if MoS would ever recapture that happy, upbeat feel of their earlier albums. And they mostly have with Mountaintops! Must-have album for any long-time MoS fan.
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