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Perfect Endlessness: The Collected Matt Pond PA

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Matt Pond PA  Last Light  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Fairlee  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  The Trees And The Wild  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  If You Want Blood  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Closest (Look Out)  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  In The Aeroplane Over The Sea  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Halloween  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  A Million Middle Fingers  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Giving It All Away  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  So Much Trouble  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Magic Boyfriend  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Locate The Pieces  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Green Shirt  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Several Arrows Later  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Close Map  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Spring Provides  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Claire  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  People Have A Way  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Reading  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Emblems  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Winterlong  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Basement Parties  buy on itunes
Matt Pond PA  Closer  buy on itunes

Comment:

Matt Pond as his shifting band of players have been quietly putting out decent if underachieving mellow indie pop for a decade or so, developing a healthy catalog of material. They easily check off a lot of the essential indie rock boxes -- distinctive vocal stylings (reminiscent of an American Robert Smith, at least on the earlier work), pleasant melodic lines, hipster covers (Neutral Milk Hotel, Elvis Costello & Neil Young on this mix), and a few great catchy pop tracks. Unfortunately, none of their albums has ever thoroughly wowed me (though they've been steadily increasing the pop quotient, particularly on the last couple albums & EPs; the more melancholy early stuff isn't capture on this mix). While the music is sturdy enough, there's an absent spark -- you listen waiting for the killer chorus to come in, or the dynamic shift that perks up your ears, and it rarely comes. So you end up with a verse that sounds good for 45 seconds, and then it just keeps going. Still, a few songs are great ("Last Light," "Halloween" and "So Much Trouble" are my faves), and culled down to the catchiest tracks you've got a solid 80 minutes of what "alternative" radio would have sounded like if it didn't go so horribly, horribly awry in the mid-90s.
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buglady
Date: 7/14/2008
I haven't really gotten into these guys, but your recommendation suggests I should!
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avocado rabbit
Date: 7/14/2008
Very perceptive description of the Pond PA gang.
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doowad
Date: 7/15/2008
Elvis Costello & Neil Young are the only names I know here, oh, and Robert Smith, but I applaud you for the publicity you give these lesser-known artists.

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