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The Nature Of Maps

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Fairlee
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No More
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The Party
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Closer
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New Kehoe NJ
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Close Map
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No More (Again)
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Summer Is Coming
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Awell Of Tires
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A Million Middle Fingers
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Promise The Party
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Athabasca
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 38:21

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Nice

EMUSIC-01E6BAFF

"Fairlee" is easily their best song ever. I used to dance around the room holding my toddler while we listened to this song. She loves it too!

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Amazing Album

grittychris

Definitely take a chance on this record, it's one of my all time favorites - reminds me of my freshman dorm :) try #1, 3, 6, 8 .. shit try the whole thing

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Yep

desantnik

One way or another I had found these guys a while back, either Amazon had recommended them as a similar band I'd like based on purchases or I'd seen them on a particularly great couple of weeks for bands on Kimmel. Either way I ran out and bought the only CD I could find which my girlfriend promptly lost. So glad to find these dudes on here, I miss their sound blasting from my speakers on the afternoon drive.

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Awesome

Jonbartlam

I've listened to this over and over, each time the music becomes more and more listenable. This guy certainly has things sorted. I showed it to someone who commented that the violin (too polite to correct them - cello) should be in more rock bands and it certainly adds a twist. very skilled musician. Some emotional pieces

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Cello makes anything better

MrManFitz

Matt's delivery here is strong. The vocals are emotional and affecting and the instrumentation is full and heartfelt. Damn, I can't get enough of that cello.

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Excellent find

blert

Matt has a great voice and emotional delivery that reminds me a bit of Lou Barlow. I also love the lush strings on many of the songs. Matt Pond PA is my best eMusic find to date. I have downloaded all I could find here, and have also bought the couple of most recent releases not yet available. Out of all his releases, this album is my favorite, so don't hesitate to download this one first.

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The Nature of Maps

pucktart

From the first riff of "Fair Lee" you feel better when listening to this music. Sometimes uplifting sometimes darker, "The Nature of Maps" is exquisite. Mr. Pond has a voice that sounds like a best friend you haven't spoken to for a long time, his voice is comforting & familiar. The strings add a dimension that works very well, this is the kind of record that almost anyone can like. "The Party" makes me cry 7 out of 10 times. DOUBLEPLUSGOOD.

They Say All Music Guide

This opus by matt pond PA is the band’s second for Polyvinyl Records. Entitled The Nature of Maps, it contains 12 songs and clocks in at about 38 minutes. Matt Pond has a recognizable voice, one that is no doubt capable of surviving, if not flourishing, on “alternative” radio. In many aspects, Pond and company aren’t too far removed from the full sound of, say, Jackson Browne or modern-day comrades Koufax. Tunes like “Close Map” declare a liking for rich textures, filled with strings and jolly upbeats on guitar and drums. Other tunes showcase a more morose attitude, yet the strings are still prevalent, as are other backing instruments including vibraphone, keyboards, piano, and banjo. At times the album comes off as quite triumphant, yet never self-righteous. On other occasions it is in the delicacy that the whispering instruments prove that Pond’s formula for what some may think as an archaic sound is actually noble and relevant. These 12 tracks are compositions to the fullest extent, filling the listener up with the realization of the power of music in its richest form. The only minor complaint here is the poor layout, which hardly comes close to matching the intelligence of the sound located within. Nevertheless, while the music may be hard for some to grasp, those who consider themselves mature, serious music listeners should find The Nature of Maps a gratifying, lavish album. – Kurt Morris

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