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Sidewalks

Matt and KimAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 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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Product Details

  • 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 (32 customer reviews)

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
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
2.0 out of 5 stars good for about 3 songs May 10, 2011
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I'm really trying to like this record. Pretty much catchy hipster dancable synth-pop songs which is all fine and dandy. The problem is Matt's vocals. Literally every single song is sung the same way (perhaps they're even in the same key too?). He needs to find a different vocal range/voice to keep the songs interesting. Too bad Kim doesn't sing lead on some songs.
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow-up to Grand March 6, 2011
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Sidewalks
I picked this album up when i saw it on the upcoming releases on iTunes and i couldn't be happier with it. I first heard of Matt and Kim when their song Daylight from Grand made the Pitchfork top 100 songs of 2009 and was extremely impressed and sprung to download both of their albums. Here is a rough rundown of the tracks from my point of view:

Block After Block - 7/10

AM/FM Sound - 8/10

Cameras - 9/10

Red Paint - 7/10

Where You're Coming From - 9/10

Good For Great - 10/10

Northeast - 8/10

Wires - 6/10

Silver Tiles - 10/10

Ice Melts - 7/10

Over this album is a 9/10 for me. Great job Matt and Kim.

Favorite track: Silver Tiles
Least favorite track: Wires
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 26 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 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 12 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 14 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 17 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 20 months ago 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 23 months ago by jwgimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars More Matt Less Kim
Love Matt and and Kim, and they didn't shy away from making an all around surperior album from last hearing " The Grand". Read more
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