Bring It Back - Mates of State
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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the husband-and-wife team of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The duo... have actually improved, and the album sports stronger songs, a fuller sound, more emotional weight, and an exuberant soul that spills out of the speakers like milk and cake at a kid's birthday party.
  2. The songs skirt the edge of cute, but Gardner and Hammel's forthrightness and skillful arrangement keep them from becoming too sugary.
  3. Mates Of State have always been poppy, catchy, and filled with love and joy, but here it all sounds greater, more heartfelt, and ambitious. [#13, p.87]
  4. While the band is always fun and catchy, it can be a bit much after a while.
  5. 70
    A simple pop prettiness mated with all lovie dovie. [Apr 2006, p.97]
  6. 60
    Tones down the spazziness and turns up the googly-eyed lyrics about marital bliss. [Jun 2006, p.141]
  7. There’s a really good EP waiting to be edited out of this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7