Two Matchsticks - Wooden Birds
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  • Band members: Matt Pond, Sean Haskins, Leslie Sisson, Andrew Kenny
  • Summary: This is the second album for the band led by American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny and includes Sean Haskins, Matt Pond and Leslie Sisson. Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard features as a guest.
  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk
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  1. Jul 8, 2011
    80
    Though the music is breezy, Kenny's sage, unfussy meditations on life and love add welcome weight.
  2. Jun 10, 2011
    80
    Unlike Magnolia, which sounded like a band trying on a style for size, Two Matchsticks is a perfectly tailored record that works as an extension of American Analog Set, but will also please any fan of thoughtful, simple acoustic-ish pop.
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    [Andrew Kenny] The Austin native has never sounded so loose and assured as he does on Matchsticks. [Jul 2011, p.112]
  4. Jun 10, 2011
    70
    I'm not sure what fans of the American Analog Set are going to think about Kenny's move into country and folk territory, but Two Matchsticks, which is its own form of slow-core, is a quiet, lilting little album that is strong enough, full of a warm gauze of soft ballads, to tide over fans for the time being.
  5. 70
    Two Matchsticks marks and forges a charm of its own.
  6. Jun 16, 2011
    67
    The sophomore effort's growth lies in its outlook, which still churns restlessly under his melodic pull, with an older, more reflective tone defined at the outset on openers "Folly Cub" and "Two Matchsticks" and bleeding through the weariness of "Company Time."
  7. Jun 10, 2011
    60
    There's a sharp, crisp quality to most of these songs, Kenny keeps them short with a simple, often elegant presentation. [May 2011, p.82]

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