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Old 05-06-2010, 11:20 AM   #46
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Picked up three albums this week - the new MGMT, the new Broken Social Scene, and this one, and of the three, this one is my favorite. Not going to get into any big reviews but I played it twice on the way into work this morning, which constitutes a big thumbs up.
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The PopMatters write-up was decent, although it would be nice if the reviewer did his/her homework before saying something like:

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Viewed from that perspective, Together couldn’t be more aptly titled, for it’s full of moments when those distinct influences interact in wonderfully odd ways. In “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk”, for example, Newman cautiously lays a melody over a stuttering chord progression before the song’s chamber pop explodes into ‘70s guitar rock, with Case’s ethereal voice lifting the song into the atmosphere before it falls back down into Newman’s meticulous verses. If, perhaps, George Martin would have produced Cheap Trick, the result might very well have sounded like this.
George Martin did produce one of Cheap Trick's albums. Perhaps realizing this before making that kind of statement would give these types of reviews more weight.
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Also, Crash Years is awesome.

Just thought I'd add that.
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The PopMatters write-up was decent, although it would be nice if the reviewer did his/her homework
Neko Case doesn't even sing that song, so that's a pretty massive strike.
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Also, Crash Years is awesome.

Just thought I'd add that.
I like that one too. If I had to pick favs, I'd probably say Your Hands (Together), Silver Jenny Dollar, Sweet Talk, and We End Up Together right now. Pretty much all the tracks are enjoyable though. I usually use the rating thing on iTunes so I can remember which tracks I liked the most so I'll go back and listen to those again. I essentially marked every song last night, so I had to go back and erase them all.


On a related tangent, I've had 'Sing Me Spanish Techno' in my head for weeks.
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New Pornographers? - Salt Lake Tribune

Only in Utah.

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That is hilarious, and yet very sad.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:32 PM   #53
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Lol. Holy shit, that is amazing and upsetting.
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Has anyone seen them live this year? I'm seeing them on Thursday, and would just like to know if Neko will actually be there. I've heard that she is, but am not 100% sure. Regardless, it will be my first time seeing them live, I'm very excited.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:06 PM   #55
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She was there at the show I went to last month, as was Dan...

YouTube - The New Pornographers - These Are The Fables @ Bell House Brooklyn NY 6/20/10


AFAIK she is with them steady on this tour.
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Thanks, Pop Artist. I'm sure I'll enjoy the show even if she's not there, but it certainly would be much cooler to have her there.
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She was with 'em about five weeks ago. You're in for a great time.
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So I never picked up Challengers, as I thought that most of the reviews and impressions were negative at the time. I finally heard 3 or 4 songs from it last night, and they were all fantastic. Were the reviews at the time completely off of the mark, or did I just listen to the 4 best songs?
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Challengers is fine - definitely recommended for fans-, it's just not as good as the rest of their catalog IMO. It's considerably more down-tempo than most of their catalog, which is fine. Except that the mid-tempo Challengers doesn't measure up to Bleeding Heart Show, Bones of an Idol, Crash Years, My Shepherd, etc. It seems like Neko was almost absent on Challengers.

That said, if you heard the same Challengers tunes I did - Myriad Harbor, Showstoppers, Challengers, Go Places - I'd say you didn't hear the best that Challengers has to offer. I'd love to have heard Unguided, White Cecilia, and Mutiny... live.
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Took me forever, but I finally got to listen to Together. I wasn't sure whether I really needed another New Pornographers album, but I'm glad I got it because for some reason I'm enjoying it more than any previous efforts of theirs (which I also like). Crash Years is obscenely catchy
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