Grand (Matt and Kim album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 20, 2009
GenreDance-punk, indie rock, indie pop
LabelFader Label Universal
Matt & Kim chronology
Matt & Kim

Grand is the second album release from the band Matt & Kim, recorded entirely in the Vermont home where Matt grew up.[1] It was released on January 20, 2009 on Fader. The album was named after Grand Street where the duo live.[2]

Track listing[edit]

3."Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare"3:30
4."Spare Change"1:14
5."I Wanna"1:37
6."Lessons Learned"3:36
7."Don't Slow Down"3:08
8."Turn This Boat Around"2:10
10."I'll Take Us Home"3:28
11."Daylight Outro Remix"3:10

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubB[5]
Consequence of SoundD[7]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[12]

Kevin O'Donnell of Rolling Stone remarked on the lo-fi, frantic recording style of the duo and called the results sometimes "exhilarating", then asked "What's missing?" He answers: "Killer melodies to give some weight to their arty moves."[12] Billboard said that "even though Grand is a bit toned down from Matt & Kim's first albums, it maintains the spunk, high energy and carefree attitude that caught people's attention in the first place."[14]

Music videos[edit]

A music video was made for the songs "Lessons Learned" and "Daylight". In the video for "Lessons Learned", Matt and Kim are seen getting out of a van in Times Square. They start to walk down the sidewalk, gradually taking off their clothes, until they are both naked. They then stand in the sidewalk looking at the skyscrapers while pedestrians look on in surprise. They are then attacked by the police, but they run off and escape. Right after "escaping", Kim is hit by a bus that she did not see coming.

"Lessons Learned" won the award for Breakthrough Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.


  1. ^ Ryan Dombal (2009-01-19). "Matt & Kim's Matt Talks Selling Out, Joy, Rick Rubin". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  2. ^ Daylight Songfacts
  3. ^ "Grand – Matt and Kim". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Grand – Matt and Kim". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation.
  5. ^ Silkaitis, Katherine (January 27, 2009). "Review: Matt and Kim: Grand". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Diver, Mike (June 15, 2009). "Matt & Kim – Grand". Clash. Music Republic Ltd.
  7. ^ Franks, Allison (January 26, 2009). "Matt & Kim – Grand". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Pia, Camilla (June 16, 2009). "Album review: Matt & Kim – 'Grand'". NME. Inspire. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Medina, Jeremy (January 21, 2009). "Matt and Kim: Grand". Paste. Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  10. ^ Raber, Rebecca (January 21, 2009). "Matt & Kim: Grand". Pitchfork.
  11. ^ Rivera, Daniel (January 27, 2009). "Matt & Kim: Grand". Popmatters. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  12. ^ a b O'Donnell, Kevin (March 5, 2009). "Grand: Matt and Kim". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. (1073):78. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  13. ^ Suarez, Jessica (January 8, 2009). "Matt and Kim, 'Grand' Review". Spin. SpinMedia.
  14. ^ Leebove, Laura (February 7, 2009). "Grand". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 19, 2014.