Mates of State's 2004 EP All Day is a disappointment. Not because of the music -- no, that is as sunny and brilliant as ever -- but because the duo didn't deliver a full-length album instead. Once you get over the initial pain of that, you are left with four wonderful tracks that are some of their best, fullest, and most melodic work yet. The songs are again built around Jason Hammel's drums; Kori Gardner's piano, organ, and synths; and the couple's beautifully artless vocals. This time there is a little bit of guitar ...

All Day 2004, Polyvinyl

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