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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. 83
    [They] spruce up their cutesy indie pop with grander melodies, gigglier choruses, and a wider variety of sounds. [Apr 2006, p.91]
  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. 70
    Beneath the cheery chug and carnival-like fizz beats a sombre heart. [Oct 2006, p.117]
  5. 70
    A simple pop prettiness mated with all lovie dovie. [Apr 2006, p.97]
  6. A cohesive whole that bursts at the seams with a barely contained exuberance, Bring It Back finds a happy family unleashing sonic sunshine, spilling out of the speakers with unchecked abandon.
  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
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  1. Joel
    Oct 26, 2006
    10
    Wonderful album, the duo's best record to date. These songs are as catchy as they get. Its starts with one listen then you find your Wonderful album, the duo's best record to date. These songs are as catchy as they get. Its starts with one listen then you find your self repeating the album over and over. Great sing along album. Puts me in a great mood. Expand
  2. SamK!
    May 12, 2006
    10
    love it. Ive allways loved them. I get a little annoyed with "Like you Crazy" but, man. haha such a good album!
  3. Cables
    Mar 25, 2006
    9
    Their best work to date. It further develops the ideas that they started to express on last years All Day EP.
  4. matta
    Apr 3, 2006
    8
    This is definitely their best album yet. Very reminiscent of The Rentals (their good stuff anyway).
  5. AaronQ
    Apr 28, 2006
    8
    Still growing on me with every listen. Bigger, more instrumentation, but I miss the complexity and playfulness of the older albums. However, Still growing on me with every listen. Bigger, more instrumentation, but I miss the complexity and playfulness of the older albums. However, obviously more mature. I like it more and more with each listen. Expand
  6. KevinR
    Apr 8, 2006
    7
    The duo sound better than ever together (they really sound as if they are singing to each other rather than to an audience), but they still The duo sound better than ever together (they really sound as if they are singing to each other rather than to an audience), but they still have not quite put all of the pieces together. Expand
  7. FlinchBot
    Apr 26, 2006
    6
    Nice sound for the first 3 songs, then it starts getting tedious.