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Monday, April 21, 2008

Mates of State - “Get Better”

posted by on April 21 at 12:59 PM

My love of Mates of State began with Team Boo - a record that’s jubilant and carefree and fun. When Bring It Back came out I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t really carefree of fun at all, it was all grown up. It would seem from their first single off of Re-Arrange Us that Mates aren’t planning on rehashing their old poppy sound on their new reocrd, but they are improving on the matured sound they began with Bring it Back. “Get Better” is uplifting in a morose sort of way. It’s positive, but with a distinct emphasis on negativity: “Everything’s going to get louder, even if it never gets better.” I can imagine this song playing at the end of a bittersweet drama, the sort of scenario where the protagonist lost their lover but saved the world and is walking away alone, stoic and hardened. Though the band is still somewhat searching for the carefree nature they once had (“Forget all your politics for a while”), their angle now is emotionally charged, invoking happy to mask the sad. It’s a good song, but it doesn’t make me want to go out and enjoy the sunshine like Team Boo did. This makes me want to crawl back in bed.

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Not to pick at your analysis, but isn't the line "Every thing's gonna get LIGHTER, even if it doesn't get better"? I believe that that sentiment is in response to the initial line "Forget your politics for a while". Personally, I think the message MOS are trying to convey is a positive one that might be paraphrased as "if [the protagonist] would just take a break from the rigidness of his/her personal politics for a while and appreciate life for the huge, beautiful, colorful, messy thing it is, then the pressure of holding those beliefs so strongly will be relieved from "one's shoulders" (the "lightening"). Of course, the act of letting it go for a while will probably not, in itself, make "things better" permanently, but who knows?

Posted by The Thinking Heart | April 22, 2008 1:28 PM

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