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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
"I'm feeling restless; don't slow down!" advises Matt Johnson during Grand, the hyperkinetic follow-up to Matt & Kim's equally hyperkinetic debut. Grand makes good use of that advice, sandwiching 11 songs into a half-hour blast of snare hits and bouncing, buzzing synthesizer riffs. Johnson handles the bulk of the vocals, singing every song in a nasal, nerd-chic tenor while overdubbing his own harmonies. Yet it's the chemistry between Johnson and his partner, drummer Kim Schifino, that helps fuel the band's energy, even if Schifino's presence is somewhat muted by the album's beefed-up production (which polishes her wild percussion into tight, precise beats -- not a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
"I'm feeling restless; don't slow down!" advises Matt Johnson during Grand, the hyperkinetic follow-up to Matt & Kim's equally hyperkinetic debut. Grand makes good use of that advice, sandwiching 11 songs into a half-hour blast of snare hits and bouncing, buzzing synthesizer riffs. Johnson handles the bulk of the vocals, singing every song in a nasal, nerd-chic tenor while overdubbing his own harmonies. Yet it's the chemistry between Johnson and his partner, drummer Kim Schifino, that helps fuel the band's energy, even if Schifino's presence is somewhat muted by the album's beefed-up production (which polishes her wild percussion into tight, precise beats -- not a poor decision, necessarily, but hardly representative of her live performances). Building off the template established by the band's first album, Grand aims for the middle point between sugared melody and punked-out swagger, making room for stomp-clap percussion, dancefloor electronics, and jingle-worthy songwriting along the way. Grand isn't quite as majestic as its name suggests, with only a handful of songs moving past the anxious minimalism that permeated the last album. For returning fans, though, it provides a familiar brand of punk music for happy people, for lovebirds, for those who wish Mates of State had more swagger and less glockenspiel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • Label: Fader Label
  • UPC: 829299090826
  • Catalog Number: 908
  • Sales rank: 40,694

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Daylight (2:53)
  2. 2 Cutdown (2:53)
  3. 3 Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare (3:31)
  4. 4 Spare Change (1:15)
  5. 5 I Wanna (1:40)
  6. 6 Lessons Learned (3:38)
  7. 7 Don't Slow Down (3:09)
  8. 8 Turn This Boat Around (2:12)
  9. 9 Cinders (1:48)
  10. 10 I'll Take Us Home (3:28)
  11. 11 Daylight Outro Remix (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt and Kim Primary Artist
Colby Dix Vocals
Nick Chatfield Taylor Vocals
Trask Dix Vocals
J. Rattlesnake Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Patrick Management
Colby Dix Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Matt and Kim Composer
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