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My Solo Project

Mates of StateAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Though conceived as a duo, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel — the he and she music factory known as Mates of State — have never failed to generate a trademark wall of sound built on dozens of varied voicings of keys, drums, and alternately lushly layered and playfully dueling vocals. On their newest album, re-arrange us, they move beyond these boundaries (their traditional organ sound ... Read more in Amazon's Mates of State Store

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B00008J2P6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Names
2. Proofs
3. What I Could Stand For
4. La'hov
5. Nice Things That Look Good
6. A Control Group
7. Throw Down
8. I Have Space
9. Everyone Needs An Editor
10. Tan/Black
11. Ride Again
12. More In Me

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Originally released in 2000, it remains the definitive Mates Of State album.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing May 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album from a nobody band from Lawrence, Kansas, has found its way deeply into my heart and into my top 5 of all time list. Their crazy organ riffs and incredibly energetic vocals make you music-happy like you haven't been since you rocked out to Don't Your Forget About Me in your bedroom in the 80's. Never has minimalism sounded so good. While musically they don't necessarily sound alike, Neutral Milk Hotel is one of the only bands I can think of that come close to capturing this kind of emotion with what seems like so little effort. And like NMH, this is one of those CD's that makes me feel okay about never upgrading the...stereo in my car; I blast this until it distorts and then turn it up a little louder. On stage, Jason and Kori are like two Hello Kitty characters gleaming at each other while they sing their lungs out and pound away at their respective instruments and is something that should not be missed. Though it's hard for me to imagine now, the only song that I really liked when I first heard it was A Control Group which remains an unparalleled work of genius.
If you're new and wondering which of their CD's to buy, *definitely* get this one first. I'm certainly a fan of their latest but I don't think they'll ever touch this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 22, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My husband brought this album home one day, and on the first listen, I really didn't like it. I found it annoying, in fact. But then, they opened up for Cinerama, and my mind was completely changed! They were supercharged! Magnetic, engrossing, charming, refreshing...that sort of thing. It was an odd moment...having my opinion swayed so drastically by a live performance.
So, of course, I listened to the album again, and now it's one of my favorites. Can't wait for the new one! Give this band a chance....they may grow on you...or knock you over the head, like they did me. :) If you have a chance, see them live. They're touring with the Minders, this summer, I believe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a lot fun January 17, 2005
By Louise
Format:Audio CD
There is no other band that I know of that get's down like these guys to while banging out on the 'ol organ. Although to many the vocals may seem annoying at first, after hearing the second track on the cd I'm sure you'll learn to love it. This cd is a ton of fun to listen and dance to. If I'm ever in a bad mood this is the first cd that I put in. Try it out!
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3.0 out of 5 stars they're better live September 13, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i first heard about mates from a friend of mine. so i went to their message board and everyone seemed to be amazed by two things: all the noise that two people can make and how in love they are with each other. these things, however, mean very little when it comes to the actual songs. yes, they are a good band and have plenty of potential and yes they are very powerful live. then again so are quasi and royal trux and white stripes and jucifer. while this album has plenty of good tracks, the record on the whole gets a bit boring about halfway through. every song has keyboards and drums. every song has boy/girl vocals either singing in harmonies or octaves etc. that's it. truth be told, they need to spice it up a bit. add a guitar or piano or anything for that matter. again, ignore the volume of their amps and their chemistry on stage and listen to the songs. they're almost there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good show, Mates. March 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Mates of State is an incredible band. Their voices blend in happy, fun harmonies, and the music is bouncy with the uncommon incorporation of the organ. They are unique and a great addition to any "Indie-Pop" lover's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS CD ROCKS THE BOAT December 31, 2003
By A Customer
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I love it, i can't stop singing along. it's one of those albums where you don't have to skip any tracks. The harmonies are amazing. they both sound so good singing together. i highly recommend you purchase this album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly a group to keep an eye on April 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Unlike another reviewer, I really don't think this is all that much like Papa Fritas. If I had to pick a similar group, I think the obvious choice would be Quasi (they're both 2 member keyboard/drum outfits that sound more like 4 people instead of a duo) - but still, this group is not a carbon copy of Quasi by any means. The vocal interplay is very unique and inviting, the music itself can turn on a dime and take you off in a different direction than you started out on (adventure is always a good thing) - and you really can't fault an album that interpolates the "Cheers" TV theme for it's opening move. It's mostly upbeat and full of melody, but it's never sickeningly sweet. There are a few sequences that are more reflective and those bits are achingly beautiful. Chock full of true DIY spirit, overflowing with sincerity, MY SOLO PROJECT is a treasure. All in all, a solid album that whets my musical appetite for what they're gonna do next.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting listen, but not infectious February 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I am not an indie pop devotee, but I heard enough good things about this album to to try it out. In general, the energy of the couple and their willingness to pack musical material into their songs won me over, but their format is inherently limiting. The organ and drums pairing is up-tempo and enjoyable, and the lyrics are fun if not always harmonious. While the set up makes for about three-quarters of a good album, by the end you are a little tired of their sound. Sadly, the biggest problem I have with the album are the two tracks that bookend an otherwise pleasant album with painfully juvenile snippits lifted from a decades old boom-box recording. In some way its silly to let two short tracks sour an entire album, but they are so bad that I find myself starting on track two and and racing to the player to turn it off before track twelve.
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