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Matt and Kim Grand

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Exactly how much ground can a band cover with only a keyboard and drum kit at its disposal? On Grand, Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim arrive at an answer: not much. Sure, there is fun to be had here, and Matt and Kim’s legions of dance-party enthusiasts will undoubtedly lap up the band’s second album of stompy drums, Casio synths, and emo vocals, especially sing-alongs like “Daylight,” “I Wanna,” “Cutdown,” and “Lesson Learned.” Oddly enough, the band may have been better served by making a sloppier record—Grand was recorded in the isolation of Matt’s childhood bedroom in Vermont, perhaps explaining the duo’s choice to tone down its previous devotion to reckless abandon. What’s wrong with just being a party band?