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The New Pornographers return with album number 5. Featuring a rotating cast built around the nucleus of A.C. Newman, this collection relies on a clean anthemic mellow rock sound with an occasional country or glam twist & strong 70s FM radio leanings. With the slinky bolshy vocals of star-in-her-own-right Neko Case being the main draw for me, you can sure tell these folk are seasoned pros at the whole "college rock" game, writing catchy, expertly layered tune after tune. The kind of album I'm always totally happy to have on in the background, its lack of confrontational bite leaves me unchallenged but strangely bouyant.
8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 27th October 2014
The New Pornographers do melodic indie pop extremely well and here, on their fifth album, there is a great example in “The Crash Years” which is one of their very best songs.
The would-be hits keep coming with “Jenny Silver Dollar” and “Sweet Talk Sweet Talk”. “If You Can See My Mirrors” sees them straying into Belle And Sebastian territory. “My Shepherd” is great too, which features some guitar played by Annie Clark AKA St. Vincent. Okkervil River’s Will Shef also provides backing vocals to opening track “Moves”.
This is one of their best, I'm almost tempted to give it a 9, but on balance 8 is fair.
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