Team Boo - Mates of State
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  • Summary: This is the third album from the husband-wife duo of Kori Gardner (keyboards) and Jason Hammel (drums). Spoon's Jim Eno produced, along with John Croslin.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. It could be the most innocent, charming and believable record of 2003.
  2. Team Boo is Mates of State's best album to date.
  3. It's often a bit silly, always fun, and surprisingly inspired.
  4. 70
    The previously skimpy instrumental backing has been beefed up at times with synthetic horn parts: a good idea. [#61, p.102]
  5. Seeing as this is only their third album, they can still get away with redundancy as long as it’s head-bobbing, genial and oh-so-cute. And it is.
  6. Fans will most likely appreciate the new batch of songs, even if they do little to improve on the standard established by the first album.[#5, p.102]
  7. Hooks so catchy, voices so belty, organ so loud and . . . organy -- the whole experience overwhelmed my ears and hurt my brain. Listen at your own risk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MatB
    Jul 26, 2004
    10
    One of the few CDs I have heard that is consistently fantastic start to finish. Team Boo rarely loses it's frantic, edgy energy, so fans of the vanilla will want to stay away. Fans of innovative, well-thought-out dance pop won't be able to take it out of their CD player. Expand
  2. AlexA
    Oct 28, 2003
    9
    few musicians today use their voices as brilliantly as this pair. they have such a wonderful ability to craft compact yet booty shaking indie rock. furthermore, they make you feel as though it is all right to smile and be happy amidst all messiness. a must listen! Expand
  3. JayD
    Apr 24, 2006
    8
    Yah, give Alex A the popmatter job that should come after that 3 out of 10 review.
  4. Cables
    Apr 18, 2006
    7
    Wait. Am i reading that review from popmatters correctly? Does that even make sense? Wait... They don't do much that does make sense.