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  • Summary: This is the fifth album for the O.C.-endorsed band.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
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  1. Alternative Press
    100
    A gimmick-free indie-rock record that's both instantly gratifying and that seems destined to join the timeless-pop pantheon. [Dec 2005, p.202]
  2. There's no real reason for them to tamper with a fine formula.
  3. There aren't many bands around that manage to create music as good as this out of such familiar and somewhat obvious sources.
  4. Pond's songs are the alt-rock equivalent of what used to be called New Yorker short stories: subtly realized domestic epiphanies often involving tame nature imagery.
  5. At times perplexingly distant.
  6. Urb
    60
    A lush, relaxing listen. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.103]
  7. So maybe Pond really is just another ordinary-guy exemplar of the ongoing post-Coldplay adult contemporarization of indie, as his ordinary arrangements and ordinarier songs would attest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. fernandov
    Nov 20, 2005
    10
    Para quem gosta de EELS, aqui tem uma versão mais. Muito interessante, uma bomba
  2. Bailey
    Dec 18, 2005
    10
    A great CD -- reminds me of very early REM, with a dreamy, multilayered sound and amazing hooks. I've already had four songs on "repeat" A great CD -- reminds me of very early REM, with a dreamy, multilayered sound and amazing hooks. I've already had four songs on "repeat" -- it's been years since I bought a CD that made me do that. Expand
  3. ChadS
    Feb 21, 2006
    9
    Matt Pond PA sounds like a less wussy-Toad the Wet Sprocket. If Pond sold out, he could easily have written "All I Want". I think the best Matt Pond PA sounds like a less wussy-Toad the Wet Sprocket. If Pond sold out, he could easily have written "All I Want". I think the best track is "It is Safe". I can see the beach Pond is waxing melancholic about. There's more adventurous bands out there, but how is that Animal Collective album going to sound in twenty years? You're more likely to reach for "Several Arrows Later". Expand
  4. matta
    Dec 28, 2005
    8
    Very fine album. He's compared by one reviewer to Nada Surf, but this is Stronger than Nada Surf's latest release. Really not a bad Very fine album. He's compared by one reviewer to Nada Surf, but this is Stronger than Nada Surf's latest release. Really not a bad song, and a few really great ones (Halloween, Several Arrows Later). The people giving low marks are most likely a bunch of Sleater-Kinney, Hypermagic Mountain fans who don't want to admit to liking instrospective, quieter music because they are afraid of being labeled as pussies. Expand
  5. AndyS
    Nov 9, 2005
    7
    Good, but not as good as Emblems.
  6. morecowbell
    Nov 7, 2005
    4
    Flat. Boring. Couple of decent songs I already forgot.