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Bring It Back [Mates of State]

  • 1. Think Long - (with Mates of State)
    2. Fraud in the '80s - (with Mates of State)
    3. Like U Crazy - (with Mates of State)
    4. Beautiful Dreamer - (with Mates of State)
    5. What It Means - (with Mates of State)
    6. For the Actor - (with Mates of State)
    7. Nature and the Wreck - (with Mates of State)
    8. So Many Ways - (with Mates of State)
    9. Punchlines - (with Mates of State)
    10. Running Out - (with Mates of State)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50

  • Credits
    ProducerBill Racine
    EngineerBill Racine; Brian Paulson

    Mates of State: Kori Gardner (vocals, organ); Jason Hammel (vocals, drums).
    Personnel: Gene Park (viola); Bill Racine (trumpet); Sam Miller, Jim Aveni, Dave Heise (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Bill Racine.
    Recording information: Atlantic Sound (??/2005-08/2005); Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (??/2005-08/2005).
    Photographer: Sean McCabe.
    On their fourth full-length, BRING IT BACK, husband-and-wife duo Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel continue the trend begun on their previous album, TEAM BOO, and push their glimmering synth-pop giddiness in a richer, more complex direction. Hammel's tasty drumming leads the way through the duo's increasingly sophisticated song structures, and Gardner's layered organ playing shows greater variety than before. The key elements that make Mates of State's music so infectious, however, still occupy the center ring: Gardner and Hammel playfully trading vocals back and forth, the sing-along melodies as catchy as TV theme songs, and the kind of gleeful energy usually found only on high school pep squads.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[They] operate like a bizarro White Stripes, working up sweetly aching harmonies on lean indie-pop tunes and fuzzy ballads."
    Uncut (p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]eneath the cheery chug and carnival-like fizz beats a sombre heart."
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