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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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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B0016MJ2PU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

On this release, the duo move beyond their trademark wall of sound with additional instrumentation, including lush strings, guitar, and horns to back up their already honed melodic songwriting.

Customer Reviews

The tunes were very catchy.
Indiana Jeff Reynolds
I always like to see bands take risks and show other facets of their talent, and this one is a huge risk for the Mates that really works.
KCCKB
One of the few albums that I love and never get sick of: an album I love to play from beginning to end.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Luke Robinett on May 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The subdued sounds on Mates of State's latest album Re-Arrange Us fall somewhere between the out-of-character melancholy of their sophomore effort Our Constant Concern and the refined songwriting and lush arrangements of 2006's Bring It Back. Kori Gardner (keys, vocals) and husband Jason Hammel (drums, vocals) have been kicking out the catchy hooks in short, sweet, carnival-ride bursts for ten years now, and even at their most serious, they've never sounded quite as restrained as they do on their latest full-length.

While Re-Arrange Us may lack some of the energy and wide-eyed excitement of the group's prior works, it retains at least some of the elements that earned this group the loyal fan base it has gained. First, no song is without a hook; opening track "Get Better" strings 'em together in classic Mates fashion, albeit in a more subdued context. "Now," which has been generating a buzz amongst fans since the group started playing it live in 2006, is another highlight. Despite its uncharacteristically simple lyrics ("I've been waiting for a sign / to tell me where I belong"--is that leftovers from a Madonna outtake?), it kicks off with a neat little synth riff and eventually erupts into a hypnotic--and addictive--chorus of the song's title repeated for several bars, punctuated with some signature "ooh, ooh!"'s. Elsewhere, upbeat numbers like "Help, Help" and the infectious "The Re-Arranger" lay on the hooks liberally and recall the back-and-forth wordplay and soaring harmonies of Bring It Back's best moments.

The songwriting is more conventional than ever on Re-Arrange Us, which in some ways helps the record, and in other ways may hinder it somewhat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Good on March 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I see many fans saying that they're disappointed in this album because it is so different than the earlier albums... Yes, it's different, but all bands need to change a little bit over time.
I'm simply amazed that each CD they release is so enjoyable -- the new songs are great, but they don't take the place of old favorites -- they just add more.
Re-arrange Us won't disappoint a fan who truly appreciates the evolution of a band's sound. It's still clearly Mates of State. Definitely worth buying... and playing on repeat.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on May 20, 2008
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It's a strange thing nowadays to see a husband and wife musical duo. It's even stranger to see one that has consistently avoided the cliches and pitfalls that seem to shadow the small, but never-dying classification. Mates of State have managed to dodge many of those cliches simply due to the uniqueness of their music. A guy on drums, a girl on vintage keyboards, each trying to outpace, or out-shout the other definitely makes for an interesting listen. But after a good decade of making music with a single satisfying formula, the group is finally trying to re-arrange things. The end result is undoubtedly a solid album, but one that longtime fans may find a bit alienating.

On their previous album, Bring It Back, Kori Gardner set aside her Casio and her Electone keyboard for a few songs, perhaps most notably on the brooding parenthood ballad, "Nature and the Wreck." On Re-Arrange us, they rarely make an appearance. For any other band, featuring a piano as the most prominent instrument is nothing special. For Mates of State, it's shocking. The fact that most of the songs on the album are all piano-based has sort of a domino effect on the rest of the instrumentation. Naturally, a piano is not going to pack as much punch, or bite as a tinny synth would. This causes Jason Hammel to tone things down on the drums, vocals aren't yelped as often as they normally are, harmonies are lusher, and string instruments are added in to flesh things out. Again, if this were Coldplay, we'd expect nothing less. But hearing a Mates of State album that's lacking in the band's trademark energy is nothing short of strange.

There are, of course, moments where the band seems to be at least attempting to recreate their classic sounds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indiana Jeff Reynolds on September 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Mates of State project I listened to, and I loved it. I was brought in by the first two songs ("Getting Better" and "Now"). The tunes were very catchy.

The design of the cover is also catchy. The lyric sheets are in two separate pages, with a picture of the artists on the other side, and you can choose between the one with the black background (pictured) or different pictures with white background.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer E. Smith on September 1, 2008
Format: Vinyl
This album is a continuation of a fabulous series of albums from Mates of State. Their signature sound is only emphasized on vinyl, from the lovely organ and synth rifs to the tight vocals. Some lovely songs on here, with sentiment sure to endear your mate of choice. 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E on November 13, 2009
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This album is awesome from beginning to end. I love the drum mix. I love her voice. I love the music. Good buys, no regrets. Collection must.
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By J.J. Langr on July 7, 2008
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After being wow'd with Bring it Back (great sound, and lots of very good songs), Re-Arrange Us was for me a step toward a bit too much "maturity." Digging a bit into their back catalog revealed a slightly less offbeat and goofy Mates of State with each new release. That's not a good thing, but probably to be expected.

The first five songs on Re-Arrange Us are strong and keep my attention; not so much the second half. At a recent show (in Dallas), Mates of State played perhaps five songs from the new album, and at least four of them were the first four tracks. Live, these four songs are even better. Mates of State is definitely worth seeing (the entire show was top notch).

Re-Arrange Us is worth buying, but I hope the balance shifts toward a few less "adult songs" with the next release.
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