Sidewalks - Matt & Kim
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  • Summary: Known for being Brooklyn-based party starters, Matt & Kim have infused their new album with club beats, pop, and disco-punk to create a dynamic dance party sound.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Nov 11, 2010
    80
    Some people might Matt & Kim's music is without substance, totally incapable of being a sustainable addition to the sonic landscape. I submit that their saccharine hooks, covered in a coating of post-adolescent confusion, is just the opposite.
  2. Nov 1, 2010
    80
    With little more than plinking and repetitive, if deliriously catchy keyboard riffs, straightforward dance-punk beats, and jocular vocal whimsy, their third record keeps the party going hard - even if it's more the cake-and-ice-cream variety.
  3. 75
    On Sidewalks, Matt and Kim seem intent on capturing the curious with a bigger, more pumped-up sound: Check the booming hip-hop beat on ''Cameras'' and the parade-ready horn blasts that take ''Ice Melts'' into rowdy jock-jam territory.
  4. Nov 2, 2010
    60
    What comes through on Sidewalks more than anything else is a sense of optimism.
  5. Apr 13, 2011
    60
    Clever, costly videos prove the couple painfully hip, but close your eyes and it could be Mel & Kim. [May 2011, p.91]
  6. Dec 16, 2010
    60
    Matt and Kim deserve albums that sound clean and ambitious, but in all of Sidewalk's studio processing, their endearing personalities--decidedly brash, raw and awesome--unfortunately aren't well-represented. [Jan 2011, p.93]
  7. If Sidewalks is husband-and-wife duo Matt and Kim's vision of a perfect night on the tiles, then partying with them must be hellish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    Matt & Kim have done it again! This album is definitely one of the best of the year. Each song is different, and all of them are very interesting in their own way. Can't wait to see them play Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2010
    9
    My favourite album of the year (so far). Grand was a good album; Sidewalks is twice as fun to listen to. True, it will likely be commercialized and easy to hate soon, but when I find an album that I can listen to end-to-end without skipping any songs, I throw that cynicism out the door and just enjoy it. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2010
    9
    Matt & Kim have grown every album as artists. It is a joy to listen to them become more experienced musicians as they go from album to album. In Sidewalks, their experience pays off in a great sounding studio album full of well developed interesting songs. My favorites are AM/FM Sound and the rerecording of Silver Tiles. Ice Melts is the only song that I don't like, but it is growing on me. Expand
  4. Nov 3, 2010
    1
    Whatever they were, they are no more. It's interesting when a band tries to cross over to the mainstream, by dumbing down their sound, getting a producer with a hit under his belt, they end up alienating their old fans, and fail to get new ones. I wonder how many tracks off this album they sell for commercials... R.I.P. Expand