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Nice Infectious folk-pop melodies
on May 8, 2010
My first impression of the new Matt Pond PA release was a not so good review from Pitchfork Magazine. The reviewer labeled this album as just bland uninspiring pop melodies that seem to never go anywhere, paraphrasing of course. Now I have been a huge fan since Emblems, an amazing album, and of course, Several Arrows later, which I think is their best so far. I was a bit taken back with "Last Light" but grew to really appreciate it and now it is one of my favorites. The same can be said for this new release. The melodies from the new release did not immediately sink in for me, but it took a few listens. By about the fourth listen, the melodies became infectious, the lyrics inspiring, and now I just consider it just incredible beautiful music. The first six songs are just amazing, and its hard to find a favorite among these. The album does slip in quality at the end, hence the four star review. But all in all, this band is stunningly underrated and this is one of my fav releases so far this year along with Shearwater, The National, and Midlake. So before you jump to conclusions on the first listen to this, give it a chance, and the melodies will sink in and you will hear it. Thanks Matt Pond PA for another great album!
And just an update on Pitchfork, they are not the end all "authority" of music quality. I like a lot of music that they rate high, but not all of it. And I like many albums, like this, that are just deplored by Pitchfork. But I have noticed trends over the years and this magazine appears to consistently hate every release from certain artists, such as Matt Pond PA and yes, even Pearl Jam receives poor ratings. Midlake's new album is also rated very low. So don't take these ratings as the gospel...and Pitchfork seems to think they rate artists albums based on ingenuity and creativity. Well, sometimes basic melodies with nice lyrics are better than the creative crap they rate as high. So that is my rant and rave on Pitchfork...since they will not let readers comment on their reviews...