Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Re-Arrange Us has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Good for CDs mean previously listened to, but still suitable for use. There may or may not be minor scratches, but all tracks should be playable. No missing booklets.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$13.83
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: JJWorth2
Add to Cart
$13.83
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Fulfillment Express US
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Re-Arrange Us

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, May 20, 2008
"Please retry"
$13.83
$3.95 $0.01

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
$13.83 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Re-Arrange Us
  • +
  • Bring It Back
  • +
  • Team Boo
Total price: $35.50
Buy the selected items together


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.
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
3:27
Play in Library $0.99
 
2
30
Now
Now
2:39
Play in Library $0.99
 
3
30
2:58
Play in Library $0.99
 
4
30
4:28
Play in Library $0.99
 
5
30
3:14
Play in Library $0.99
 
6
30
4:22
Play in Library $0.99
 
7
30
3:44
Play in Library $0.99
 
8
30
3:19
Play in Library $0.99
 
9
30
3:04
Play in Library $0.99
 
10
30
4:25
Play in Library $0.99
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 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: #211,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Mates of State Store

Music

Image of album by Mates of State
Visit Amazon's Mates of State Store
for 10 albums, discussions, and more.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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.
Read more ›
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This album is truly unique. I owned three other Mates of States albums and usually I don't expect much out of an artist if I like that much of their music. This may be my favorite album now. It's full of really catchy lines with beats and melodies that make your head bob. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
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.
Read more ›
1 Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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!
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Re-Arrange Us
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Re-Arrange Us


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: vinyl pop