Emblems

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
A lush, richly textured affair made unique by Matt Pond's expressive vocal and an unerring knack for crafting memorable songs, matt pond PA's first record for Altitude is much in the same vein as the group's last record for Polyvinyl. A notch or two better than The Nature of Maps, Emblems doesn't emphasize hook-filled pop tunes, but rather the kind of songs that creep into your heart and reside there like warm memories. Pond sounds rejuvenated here. The music is livelier and almost exuberant at times, and certainly more varied that on the last album, which at times seemed to collapse into a melancholic torpor. The band has a meatier sound; tracks like "Closest Look Out" and ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
A lush, richly textured affair made unique by Matt Pond's expressive vocal and an unerring knack for crafting memorable songs, matt pond PA's first record for Altitude is much in the same vein as the group's last record for Polyvinyl. A notch or two better than The Nature of Maps, Emblems doesn't emphasize hook-filled pop tunes, but rather the kind of songs that creep into your heart and reside there like warm memories. Pond sounds rejuvenated here. The music is livelier and almost exuberant at times, and certainly more varied that on the last album, which at times seemed to collapse into a melancholic torpor. The band has a meatier sound; tracks like "Closest Look Out" and "Claire" work up a rocking head of steam, the melodies are sharper and there are a bunch of really catchy choruses. It sounds like the work of a man in love, still sad at times but able to express a wider range of emotion. That's not to say the record forsakes the fragile beauty of previous albums as tracks like the achingly pristine "Summer Butcher Two" and the lilting "Lily Two" show that Pond's chamber pop standard mastery of arrangement and dynamics is still intact. Don't call it a comeback; call it a triumphant return to the glory of The Green Fury. And call it some of the finest emotionally charged chamber pop you are liable to hear in 2004.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Altitude Records
  • UPC: 898894000127
  • Catalog Number: 40001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 KC (2:53)
  2. 2 Closest (Look Out) (4:48)
  3. 3 Lily Two (4:03)
  4. 4 Bring on the Ending (4:14)
  5. 5 The Butcher (4:15)
  6. 6 New Hampshire (4:50)
  7. 7 Claire (3:03)
  8. 8 Summer (Butcher Two) (4:27)
  9. 9 East Coast E. (4:00)
  10. 10 Last Song (4:06)
  11. 11 Grave's Disease (4:23)
  12. 12 Close (KC Two) (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
matt pond PA Primary Artist
Ira Elliot Drums
Nic Brown Drums
Louie Lino Bass, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Eve Miller Cello, Background Vocals
Brian Pearl Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Matt Raisch Background Vocals
Jim Kehoe Guitar
Dan Crowell Drums
Mary Garito Background Vocals
Will Levatino Bass
Matthew Pond Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Beth Wawerna Background Vocals
Mike Kennedy Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Louie Lino Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jennifer Taylor Artwork
Randy Lowenstein Artwork
Matthew Pond Composer
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