Bring It Back (Mates of State album)

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Bring It Back
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Studio album by Mates of State
Released March 21, 2006
Genre Indie pop
Length 41:40
Label Barsuk Records
Producer Bill Racine
Mates of State chronology
Team Boo
Bring It Back
Re-Arrange Us

Bring It Back is the fourth album by American indie pop band Mates of State. Released March 21, 2006 on Barsuk Records, the band's fourth album was their first to register on the Billboard charts, reaching number 35 on the Independent Albums chart and number 32 on the Top Heatseekers chart. The first track "Think Long", references the Modest Mouse song of the same name.

The song "For the Actor" from the album has been used on commercials for both AT&T wireless phones and for the Royal Caribbean cruise line.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club B+[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Pitchfork Media 7.8/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Bring It Back received positive reviews from music critics. Tim Sendra of AllMusic gave high praise to the duo's evolving musicianship for having additional instruments into their established blueprints and crafting tracks that are both catchy and contain deep intricacies, concluding that "Mates of State started off their career as a kind of curiosity (no guitars!) but have grown into the kind of group where you can't wait to see what they will do next, even if it is only to release records like Bring It Back that strengthen and perfect their formula."[1] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club also praised the musical chemistry of Gardner and Hammel's talents for creating songs that transcend the given genre and allow for certain elements to showcase their depth, concluding that "Bring It Back isn't exactly a set of love songs, but a song like the punchy "Punchlines," with its shifting tempos and call-and-response verses, definitely celebrates the sound of two voices working alone, and working as one."[2] Sam Ubl of Pitchfork Media praised the duo's songs for containing various combinations of instrumentations, lyrics, genres and vocal tones that showcase their fullest musical capabilities, saying that the "Organ-and-drums duo gingerly lift the moratorium on six-strings and explore a more varied sonic palette, resulting in their best album to date."[4] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone praised the duo's vocal work over various types of love songs, saying that "Plucky, precious and sometimes cloying, their fourth album unfolds like a fussed-over valentine."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Think Long"   4:43
2. "Fraud in the '80s"   4:22
3. "Like U Crazy"   3:57
4. "Beautiful Dreamer"   4:39
5. "What It Means"   2:25
6. "For the Actor"   4:33
7. "Nature and the Wreck"   2:22
8. "So Many Ways"   3:57
9. "Punchlines"   3:53
10. "Running Out"   6:49


Chart (2006) Peak
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[6] 32
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[7] 35


  1. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Bring It Back - Mates of State". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Murray, Noel (March 29, 2006). "Mates of State: Bring It Back". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Collis, Clark (March 27, 2006). "Bring it Back". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Ubl, Sam (March 22, 2006). "Mates of State: Bring It Back". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (May 1, 2006). "Mates of States: Bring It Back". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mates of State – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Mates of State. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Mates of State – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Mates of State. Retrieved May 8, 2016.