Re-Arrange Us - Mates of State
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  • Summary: The fifth album for the married duo from Kansas.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Here's a couple that turns in a strong fifth LP. Kori Gardner (keys, vox) and Jason Hammel (drums, vox) keep their cheery, indie rock, boy-girl harmonies intact while simultaneously exorcising any relationship-related demons that may lurk in their Connecticut home.
  2. With their fifth disc, the duo are still effervescent, if a bit more lyrically plaintive. [13 2008, p.69]
  3. Gardner and Hammel haven’t come close to exhausting their songwriting prowess, and Re-Arrange Us is probably their most appealing album to date.
  4. 80
    Building considerably on the subtle expansion of 2006's "Bring It Back," the powerhouse Re-Arrange Us is both natural progression and quantum leap. [Summer 2008, p.107]
  5. Listening to this record is a pleasure. [Summer 2008]
  6. The formula isn't quite as fresh here as it has been on previous outings; after a few tracks, the amped-up glee-club vibe can begin to wear on all but the most devoted of nerves.
  7. The Mates recapture a bit of brio of 'The Re-Arranger' and 'Help Help,' but the rest of Re-Arrange Us is only useful for putting the kids to sleep.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5