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Mates of State

Re-Arrange Us
bark74: Mates of State / Re-Arrange Us
bark74   LP / CD / DIGITAL Barsuk Records   May 2008
  1. Get Better
  2. Now
    • My Only Offer
  3. The Re-Arranger
  4. Jigsaw
  5. Blue And Gold Print
  6. Help Help
  7. You Are Free
  8. Great Dane
  9. Lullaby Haze

Though conceived as a duo, Mates of State have never failed to generate a trademark wall of sound built on dozens of varied voicings of keys, drums, and alternately lushly-layered and playfully-dueling vocals. On Re-Arrange Us they move beyond these boundaries (their traditional organ sound is a distant memory, replaced with organic piano and synth sounds) with additional instrumentation — not to mention a quantum leap in songcraft apparent on instantly indelible gems like "Now", "Jigsaw" and "Get Better". Throughout Re-Arrange Us, Kori's piano and the emergence of both Mates' lead vocals from their trademark harmonizing signal the next stage of Mates of State's evolution.

Sunny, sharply clever pop with no hint of a bubblegum aftertaste.
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