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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B00005YDXE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. I Know, And I Said Forget It
6. Quit Doin' It
7. A Duel Will Settle This
8. Clean Out
9. Halves And Have-Nots
10. As Night As Now

Editorial Reviews

Their second album captures the Mates Of State's unique drums/organ/vocals sound and pulls off the "make two people sound like four" trick with ease. This title has been out of print on vinyl for over a year.

Customer Reviews

Lots of catchy tunes and harmonizing vocals.
Tony Ukena
What they lack in finesse, and for that matter what the album lacks in production quality, is more than made up for by the arrangements.
B. Patrick
Great CD---all I can say is pick it up, you WILL NOT be disappointed!
J. Slobotski

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Seuthe on January 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mates of State are a keyboard and drums duo. No guitar, no bass. With that said, they still have a classic pop sound. They charmingly layer the vocals the two singers in a Beatlesque manner and their songs jump about between various hooks and bridges like the Beach Boys on speed. Some people may find this annoying if it's not their bag. But if you're not put off by energetic gleeful melodies you should certainly check out this band. If you're into Beulah or New Pornographers this group makes them seem relatively traditional and calm.
A definite listen is required before purchase. I can understand why this music might rub people the wrong way, the same way a bright light can hurt your eyes. But for people who love to bask in melodic sunlight, ENJOY!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Patrick on May 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mates of State might best be described as a very talented garage band. They are not highly skilled musicians or vocalists, but they are obviously talented songwriters. What they lack in finesse, and for that matter what the album lacks in production quality, is more than made up for by the arrangements.
One can't help but be impressed by the wall of sound this married-couple duo builds with just two instruments and two voices. And it's not just a noisy sound, though it is enthusiastic on the verge of grating. Jason Hammel mercilessly pounds out rhythms on the drums while Kori Gardner employs the full range of her old-school Yamaha keyboard to good effect. And those wailing vocal harmonies -- they yell together at the top of their lungs, yet the vocals never become gravelly or rough.
It all comes together to form a simple yet well-layered sound with infectious hooks and ecstatic melodies. A bit more polish would turn this quite-good album into to a great album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. H. Payne on May 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
On my first listen, I was pretty disappointed and felt like this album just doesn't live up to their last. What I forgot about is that I wasn't immediately wowed by their first album either. It was only track 6 (A Control Group) that really did it for me and that CD has become one of my favorites of all time. The bottom line with the 'Mates though is that if you don't like their sound at least a little bit when you first hear it, you'll probably never like it. I couldn't possibly be more in love with them than I already am but some of my friends aren't so convinced. Their sound is minimal (to say the least), consisting instrumentally of drums and the Yamaha synthesizer that Kori plays but if you like them, that's probably why. Live, they totally rock and you really see how personal their songs are. If you're new, *definitely* try My Solo Project first or better yet, see them on stage.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ara Jane Olufson on February 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
i feel lucky to have seen mates of state just a few days ago, the day they released their new album. if you know their first album, my solo project, i'm sure you'll like our constant concern. it's utterly different, but not so much that it makes you wonder what the heck happened. it's the same beautiful, peppy, catchy music, that takes turns you won't expect, with the same senseless lyrics that also--mysteriously--almost start to make sense after several listenings.
true, they still have that same yelling style of singing that some just don't like. but hey, it works for these two. "pretty" singing is overrated anyhow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Ukena on December 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
High energy, simplistic sound filled with lots of positive, clean fun. It reminds me of Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo's "Good Clean Fun" album. Lots of catchy tunes and harmonizing vocals.

Mates of State consists of two musicians, a female keyboardist/singer and male drummer/vocalist (Jason). They are married and they bloom their love for each other and for music into their special sound.

It's great to listen to when you want something fun to listen to.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on September 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ok, the MOS write cool keyboardy pop songs with fun vocals... The key word here is fun. Ok, they aren't Radiohead, the other reviews who gave one star need to feel music and not come into something expecting things. They weren't ready for the Mates of State. They rule!
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Format: Audio CD
It's been awhile since I've encountered an album that was genuinely challenging to suffer through from start to finish, but this little abomination definitely broke the streak. Every track is just as irritating and uninspired as the last. The no-guitar no-bass concept is interesting, but the talentless songwriting and repetition gave me a headache. Dreadful release.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "jbremeno" on March 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
i saw mates of state recently and as soon as they struck the first note i was a fan. They bring a smile to your face even when you don't want it. Live, they are amazing, they actually make you want to dance and sing, and i didn't even know the words and i don't dance. I guess i could say that the mates of state make you do things you don't want to but that might make them sound like cult leaders...maybe they are. anyway i dont care because they rock.
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