Mates of State – Bring it Back

Say, have you ever been listening to every Mates of State album recorded chronologically, and noticed they were all the same? No, of course you haven’t, you’re not crazy. Well, I have, and they’re pretty similar! This one is a little glossier on the ol’ productiometron, and there are not one but TWO songs with a piano instead of a keyboard, wow.

But really, it’s not like they’re anything other than good. Aside from the forgettable tracks thrown in on the second half of the album, of course! Actually, in this case one’s genuinely bad: the child-dedicated “The Nature and the Wreck” complete with baby noises. Plus “Running Out” is forgettable, and they forgot how to turn “So Many Ways”‘ great keyboard tone into a real song. But the rest! Oh, yes yes. Try not to like “Think Long”‘s gradual buildup, or the warm distorted keyboard sounds of “Fraud in the 80s” or the surprisingly jazzy, singer-songwritery “What It Means,” I implore you, I beseech you, I dare you! Oh, it was truth? Oh, well in that case…I’m avoiding my girlfriend because I’m terrified of expectations!

But really, nearly every song here has something to like They even turn titles like “Like U Crazy” and “Beautiful Dreamer” into good songs. I mean, what the shit, am I right? I am right. But really, kids, what’s with dude’s face on the cover of this plastic case? First of all, he kinda looks like a lesbian (think Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi), second of all his eyes are some buggy eyes. Plus, it’s as if they lacquered his skin or something. I mean, how did people okay this promotional picture? It’s grotesque. He’d be better off looking like a Dickensian ragamuffin in full chimbley sweep attire than he does here.

I’m not finished yet! I don’t like his facial expression! I don’t like this picture! Not one bit! No no no! Not at all!

8/10

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