Decomposer

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
When the Matches first hit the scene with E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals, they were basically playing straight-up pop-punk, albeit much quirkier and caffeinated pop-punk than most. Lead singer Shawn Harris has a voice that makes songs sound especially restless and exuberant, and the band's sophomore effort, Decomposer, takes it all one step further to deliver in a way that few in the genre besides the Matches could really pull off convincingly. With the Oakland quartet working in multiple studios and with, count 'em, nine ! producers -- including Brett Gurewitz, Mark Hoppus, Tim Armstrong, John Feldmann, and Nick Hexum -- everything seemed aligned to make sure this album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
When the Matches first hit the scene with E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals, they were basically playing straight-up pop-punk, albeit much quirkier and caffeinated pop-punk than most. Lead singer Shawn Harris has a voice that makes songs sound especially restless and exuberant, and the band's sophomore effort, Decomposer, takes it all one step further to deliver in a way that few in the genre besides the Matches could really pull off convincingly. With the Oakland quartet working in multiple studios and with, count 'em, nine ! producers -- including Brett Gurewitz, Mark Hoppus, Tim Armstrong, John Feldmann, and Nick Hexum -- everything seemed aligned to make sure this album sounded as patently assorted as possible. It could have all ended horribly with one too many ideas and cooks in the kitchen, but instead sounds like the best kind of controlled chaos. Not that the music is especially chaotic; it's just all pretty random and full of idiosyncrasies -- consistently mashing together pop, rock, punk, and a dash of electronics -- that make no two tracks alike, but somehow all fit together as a unified album. There's a totally string-driven opener "Salty Eyes" leading into songs that groove on electro pulses and dance beats "Drive," "You [Don't] Know Me". Disparate entries continue with the spastic blast of "Lazier Than Furniture" and the cut-and-paste drum programming and guitar buoying "Little Maggots," as "Didi My Doe, Part 2" toys with particularly sunny vocal layering. So essentially, this album is just a fun mixed bag of musical oddities. The Matches have always had a cheeky sense of humor, and with Decomposer, they've managed to mix fun not cheesiness with ambition to wind up with a particularly distinctive and creative album to be proud of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778681525
  • Catalog Number: 86815
  • Sales rank: 315,769

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Matches Primary Artist
Tim Armstrong Percussion, Vocals
Brett Gurewitz Percussion, Background Vocals
Mark Hoppus Percussion
John Feldmann Percussion, Choir, Chorus
Ben Kramer Trumpet
Dean Butterworth Percussion
Shawn Harris Guitar, Vocals
Ben Richards Keyboards
Johnny Genius Percussion
Jon Devoto Guitar, Vocals, Vibes
Matt Whalen Percussion, Drums, Toaster
Justin San Souci Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals
Matt Radosevich Organ, Timpani
Anton Patzner Violin, Viola
Lewis Patzner Cello
Dan Kinzie Choir, Chorus
Fatalistic Choir Track Performer
Josie Shafer fender rhodes
Matt Whahen Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Tim Armstrong Composer, Producer
Brett Gurewitz Producer
Mike Green Programming, Producer, Engineer
Nicholas Hexum Producer
Pete Martinez Engineer
Mark Hoppus Composer, Producer, drum programming
John Feldmann Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Dean Butterworth Loop
Shawn Harris Composer, Artwork
Stevie Smith Author
Josh Smith Engineer
John Morrical Engineer
Johnny Genius Producer, Engineer
Marco Martin Engineer
The Matches Composer
Matt Radosevich Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Chris Roach Engineer
Giff Tripp Engineer
Jason Walters Engineer
Emilee Seymour Artwork
Anton Patzner String Arrangements
Ryan Divine Producer, Engineer
Miles Hurwitz Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
George Sanders Author
Michael Rosen Engineer
Chris Holmes Composer, Engineer, drum programming
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome band with a very unique sound

    I saw these guys on The AP Tour Really never hearing there music. It shocks me that they are not more well know. They have a very unique sound that is hard to explain. every album is good. Buy this it is worth it. favorite song is Salty Eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why doesn't everyone know these guys?!?!?!

    This CD is probably the best one I own, and I own a lot! You will not find another band with as witty lyrics ""may your organs fail before your dreams do"" or as awesome musical compostion. The Matches are a perfect combination of heart grasping beats, clever lyrics and unique oddities that make every song unique. I find it shocking these guys aren't known and loved by all. They rock, to say the least.

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