The Nature of Maps

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All Music Guide - Kurt Morris
This opus by matt pond PA is the band's second for Polyvinyl Records. Entitled The Nature of Maps, it contains 12 songs and clocks in at about 38 minutes. Matt Pond has a recognizable voice, one that is no doubt capable of surviving, if not flourishing, on "alternative" radio. In many aspects, Pond and company aren't too far removed from the full sound of, say, Jackson Browne or modern-day comrades Koufax. Tunes like "Close Map" declare a liking for rich textures, filled with strings and jolly upbeats on guitar and drums. Other tunes showcase a more morose attitude, yet the strings are still prevalent, as are other backing instruments including vibraphone, keyboards, piano,...
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All Music Guide - Kurt Morris
This opus by matt pond PA is the band's second for Polyvinyl Records. Entitled The Nature of Maps, it contains 12 songs and clocks in at about 38 minutes. Matt Pond has a recognizable voice, one that is no doubt capable of surviving, if not flourishing, on "alternative" radio. In many aspects, Pond and company aren't too far removed from the full sound of, say, Jackson Browne or modern-day comrades Koufax. Tunes like "Close Map" declare a liking for rich textures, filled with strings and jolly upbeats on guitar and drums. Other tunes showcase a more morose attitude, yet the strings are still prevalent, as are other backing instruments including vibraphone, keyboards, piano, and banjo. At times the album comes off as quite triumphant, yet never self-righteous. On other occasions it is in the delicacy that the whispering instruments prove that Pond's formula for what some may think as an archaic sound is actually noble and relevant. These 12 tracks are compositions to the fullest extent, filling the listener up with the realization of the power of music in its richest form. The only minor complaint here is the poor layout, which hardly comes close to matching the intelligence of the sound located within. Nevertheless, while the music may be hard for some to grasp, those who consider themselves mature, serious music listeners should find The Nature of Maps a gratifying, lavish album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • UPC: 644110005229
  • Catalog Number: 52

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fairlee (3:16)
  2. 2 No More (4:13)
  3. 3 The Party (4:17)
  4. 4 Closer (4:37)
  5. 5 New Kehoe NJ (1:36)
  6. 6 Close Map (2:38)
  7. 7 No More (Again) (1:43)
  8. 8 Summer Is Coming (4:03)
  9. 9 A Well of Tires (2:53)
  10. 10 A Million Middle Fingers (2:00)
  11. 11 Promise the Party (3:23)
  12. 12 Athabasca (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
matt pond PA Primary Artist
John Baker Vibes
Eve Miller Cello, Vocals
Brian McTear Banjo, Bass, Piano, Vocals
Margaret White Violin
Jim Hostetter Cello
Matt Pond Guitar, Vocals
Matt Raisch Bass, Vocals
Jim Kehoe Guitar, Vocals
Therese Hurley Harp
Mike Kennedy Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes
Technical Credits
Alan Douches Mastering
Brian McTear Producer, Engineer
Jeff Taylor Art Direction
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