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
  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.