Sidewalks

  • Record Label: Fader
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2010
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  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
    Even emo and chamber music get roped into Sidewalks' exclamatory gush, verifying that there truly is no sound these two won't use to support their almost religious commitment to spreading huge grins.
  3. 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.
  4. Jan 7, 2011
    76
    Other than a few missteps, Sidewalks displays a calmer, more self-assured band that seems to have graduated from a one-note "new-wave White Stripes" shtick.
  5. 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.
  6. Nov 10, 2010
    72
    Catchy verses and get-your-hands-up chants are layered among '80s synth and keyboard lines on these 10 tracks.
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    70
    For a record that veers between hit and miss, there is a certain amount of charm and vibrancy that keeps one coming back for more.
  8. Nov 22, 2010
    70
    While the recipe seems simple-squiggly synths and catchy keyboard earworms mixed with an all-over-the-place beat-Matt & Kim throw magic dust into their drinking water.
  9. Nov 3, 2010
    63
    Sidewalks often inflates the worst attributes of Matt & Kim's big sound (overly simplistic lyrics, crude synth melodies, shouty singing) and smothers much of its sugar-rush energy and joyously defiant attitude in studio flourishes.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. 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.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. Full Review »
  2. 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, gettingWhatever 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 veryMatt & 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 Full Review »