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Sidewalks

Matt and KimAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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For many bands, making music is all about the routine of recording an annual album, or being able to tour in progressively bigger venues. Not Matt and Kim. “Our goal is to make music we want to hear,” says Matt Johnson, who co-founded the band with Kim Schifino. “When it comes time to make a new album, I’m just so excited, since I know we have all these ideas and I just ... Read more in Amazon's Matt and Kim Store

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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fader Label
  • ASIN: B0042R03YA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Block After Block
2. AM/FM Sound
3. Cameras
4. Red Paint
5. Where You're Coming From
6. Good For Great
7. Northeast
8. Silver Tiles
9. Wires
10. Ice Melts

Editorial Reviews

2010 release from the Brooklyn-based Alt-Rock duo. For this, their third album, Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino set up shop in Atlanta with producer Ben Allen, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collective. Features the single 'Cameras'.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improving with every release November 8, 2010
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When keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino's second album, Grand, hit the shelves in 2009, fans of Indie Rock took note. The leap in production and songwriting was drastic while the childlike fun of the first record was still present in all of its glory. Listen to their first album's lead single "Yea Yeah" and immediately follow that with Grand's biggest hit "Daylight." The overall feel of both tracks is nearly identical, but the intricacies in the background of "Daylight" accompanied by a much crisper recording, thanks to a move to Fader Label, turned Matt & Kim into a seemingly overnight success.

Now on their third record, Matt & Kim have once again raised their own bar, adding additional instrumentation and moving in a slightly more experimental direction. Opening with "Block After Block," a sampled and repeated "yeah!" along with hand claps give potential live audiences plenty to look forward to. If you do a Google image search for Matt & Kim, you'll be hard pressed to find a photo without both of them grinning ear to ear. This is the same reaction they look for from their listeners with every song.

Like most bands with a similar upbeat style, Matt & Kim do an excellent job balancing their newest record with both new and familiar aspects to keep fans begging for more. "Block After Block," "AM/FM Sound," and the lead single, "Cameras," succeed in introducing their new stylistic tendencies while pulling fans along for the ride. Further along, higher pitched synths are introduced on "Red Paint" and a slower tune complete with string pizzicato samples, "Where You're Coming From," offers the perfect halfway point.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unsure at first, but turned out awesome November 10, 2010
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I have been a huge matt and kim fan from the start, and have all of their cds. I was waiting for this cd to come out and was really excited to buy it. I came on here and listened to the samples and wasnt really convinced this was going to be one of their better albums but, I was completely wrong! Buy the cd and listen to the full tracks they get great, the samples dont give theses songs justice! They have the same upbeat electro happy feeling that we expect from matt and kim. so what are you waiting for? go buy it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Flavor of Matt & Kim December 31, 2010
By Rachel
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Following the release of "Grand," their first major offering, Matt & Kim became a household name with the smashing success of "Daylight," and they continued to gain traction with the singles "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare" and "Lessons Learned." The group's signature style was one of half-yelled lyrics, set to frenetic percussion and hammered keyboards. The result was a fun, upbeat sound that was polarizing--listeners either loved these guys or demanded ear plugs. Nevertheless, it was immediately evident that this duo was one to watch.

From the initial swirling synths and reverberating baselines of the intro track, "Block after Block," it is evident that "Sidewalks" is a very different animal. Although Matt & Kim have retained the core elements of their artistic identity, Kim's spastic percussion was traded in for a more smoothly paced, bass-laden rhythm. Likewise, Matt toned down his lyrical delivery to one more closely attuned to singing, resulting in greater vocal range, despite his self-proclaimed lack of singing skills. They did not, however, completely abandon the techniques that gained them notoriety, as shades of their previous effort are easily recognizable in "Red Paint," and to smaller degrees in several other tracks. While "Cameras" is certain to be the most well-received track from the album, the work as a whole experiments with an array of styles and sounds.

The lyrical content is smart and witty--lines such as "While I know it's letters that can spell, I hear now it's words that can say; I decided to start writing less and I'm talking more every day" make it difficult to determine if they simply favor a sardonic style of delivery, or if they are instead trying to achieve catharsis by making light of real life struggles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different But Still Good November 3, 2010
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I think it would impossible for someone to listen to any of Matt & Kim's albums without smiling and eventually break out dancing. While this album still maintains the fun attitude and very danceable music found on their previous records, the tone of the album has changed. The music is much less frenetic and wild, but more restrained and toned down. What I immediately noticed was that while the rhythm is quite strong, Kim's drumming isn't necessarily driving the songs unlike their previous hits like "Good Old Fashioned Nightmare" off of "Grand."

However, I think the new more controlled sound shows growth. By focusing on other sounds I think Matt & Kim have pushed the boundaries on their music making it more than just fun pop songs to dance to, to more nuanced music with much more staying power. I may be hearing things but I would say "Block After Block" even has a little Southern Hip Hop thrown in. "Northeast" adds some real range and interest with it's very bare stripped sound for the majority of it. I think this album shows real growth in the music writing department and shows more maturity; however, make no mistake--you will still be dancing and flailing about when listening to this album. It's still the catchy fun music you've grown to love from Matt & Kim--it's just a little bit more polished.

For first time listeners I would compare Matt & Kim to a stripped down version of The Go! Team or even Santogold. Highly recommend if you enjoy life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album and the artwork inside is awesome as ...
I love this album and the artwork inside is awesome as well! I saw them during 2014 Hangoutfest and got to say that was my favorite performance the whole week!
Published 1 month ago by Ji
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt and Kim rarely disappoint
Matt and Kim follow up Grand with sidewalks. Same kick ass drums and synth. Love these two. For any fan it's a must have!
Published 4 months ago by Nathan Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Aw yiss
Matt and Kim are always at their best. I'd like to see them live again but any album I haven't got is a good purchase
Published 5 months ago by Ryan Margado
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good album.
Matt & Kim are one of my favourite bands, and I wanted their entire album collection. Fast shipping, no scratches on anything, and I still listen to this CD in my car.
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Beeghly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
There upbeat and positive attitudes just make you feel good about life!These guys know how to make you want to jump up and give the world all the love!
Published 7 months ago by Uzamaki1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
The music has a great upbeat, happy vibe. I also really like the auto rip to the amazon cloud player, i got to listen to the whole album before i got the hard copy in the mail.
Published 16 months ago by Jared Vierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift
like the CD, seems approriate for all ages, would like to hear them on the radio more often. great music and good price on this CD
Published 18 months ago by TLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid top to bottom
I loved the single from Sidewalks and once I downloaded it I was hooked. I just wish I could sync up the cloud and my itunes, helP?
Published 21 months ago by Jonathan Mathew Whitehead
1.0 out of 5 stars post-ironic noodling
Has anyone else had enough of the twee, cutesy, hipster nonsense in the indie music scene? Sorry, tweenies, but you could dig a bit deeper. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by L. Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
I was a bit hesitant upon first hearing this band, but as I've listened to this album it has grown on me.

I am very happy with this song's quality from this seller. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by jwgimmy
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