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Studio album by Mates of State
Released September 13, 2011
Genre Indie pop
Length 37:23
Label Barsuk
Producer Kori Gardner, Jason Hammel
Mates of State chronology
Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)

Mountaintops is an album by Mates of State released through Barsuk on September 13, 2011.[1]


According to aggregator website Metacritic, Mountaintops received generally favorable reviews from critics.[2] Spin gave the album a 7/10, writing, "Mountaintops has plenty of upbeat romps, but the most compelling moments are the epic, minor-key laments 'At Least I Have You' and 'Unless I'm Led,' which argue that even the truest of loves can still feel lonely and miserable."[3]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (74/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Spin 7/10 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[4]
Robert Christgau (A-)[5]
PopMatters (5/10)[6]

Paste placed it at number 49 on their "Top 50 Albums of 2011" list.[7]

Robert Christgau gave it an A- and wrote that "the wholeness of the music leaves us feeling they're more than OK."[5] The song "Palomino" was featured in a 15-second Ice Breakers commercial where a man and a woman share a cab in a rainy night.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Palomino"
  2. "Maracas"
  3. "Sway"
  4. "Unless I'm Led"
  5. "Total Serendipity"
  6. "Basement Money"
  7. "At Least I Have You"
  8. "Desire"
  9. "Change"
  10. "Mistakes"


  1. ^ "Mates of State announce new album, Mountaintops". 9 June 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Mountaintops". Metacritic. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Tedder, Michael. Mates of State, 'Mountaintops'. Spin.
  4. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay. Mates of State: Mountaintops. Pitchfork Media. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b CG: Mates of State
  6. ^ Fairall, Jer (22 September 2011). "Mates of State: Mountaintops". PopMatters. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  7. ^