Team Boo

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Team Boo
Studio album by Mates of State
Released September 16, 2003
Genre Indie pop
Length 40:10
Label Polyvinyl Records
Producer John Croslin, Jim Eno
Mates of State chronology
Our Constant Concern
(2002)Our Constant Concern2002
Team Boo
Bring It Back
(2006)Bring It Back2006

Team Boo is the third album by American indie pop duo Mates of State. It was released on September 16, 2003 by Polyvinyl Records. The album was produced by Jim Eno of American indie rock band Spoon and John Croslin, who produced the duo's debut album My Solo Project.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

Team Boo garnered positive reviews from music critics. Tim Sendra of AllMusic praised the album's upbeat production and the vocal work of Gardner and Hammel giving life and exuberance to even slower tracks like "Parachutes (Funeral Song)" and "An Experiment", saying that "Team Boo is a record that will make even the staunchest nonbelievers believe in the power of simply played, honest, and energetic pop music again."[1] Rob Mitchum of Pitchfork Media said that despite some slow-placed tracks, the album was a return to form into My Solo Project territory thanks to the production work of John Croslin and Jim Eno leading them there, saying that "Team Boo turns out to be a surprisingly respectable junior-year effort-- one that puts Mates of State in the small minority of indie-pop bands that don't fall under the one-album-and-out rule."[2] Mackenzie Wilson of Rolling Stone praised the duo's elegant and idiosyncratic musicianship complementing their vocal harmonies, saying that "Gardner's girlish vocals snugly wrap around her husband's boyish charm, letting on to Mates of State's genuine love for music as well as for one another."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ha Ha" 2:59
2. "Whiner's Bio" 2:32
3. "Fluke" 2:48
4. "Open Book" 3:39
5. "Middle Is Gold" 4:24
6. "The Kissaway" 3:39
7. "Gotta Get a Problem" 2:42
8. "Parachutes (Funeral Song)" 3:47
9. "An Experiment" 4:15
10. "Sound It Off" 3:24
11. "I Got This Feelin'" 3:07
12. "Separate the People" 2:54


  1. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Team Boo - Mates of State". AllMusic. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Mitchum, Rob (September 18, 2003). "Mates of State: Team Boo". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Mackenzie (October 14, 2003). "Mates of State: Team Boo". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2011.