Quick Hitters:: The New Pornographers Together

I certainly wasn’t alone when I wondered if The New Pornographers had run out of gas with the release of Challengers. While technically proficient, the LP lacked any of the memorable moments (and, just sayin’, Neko’s rousing sing-along anthems that I always looked forward to) Vancouver’s most famous collective delivered so effortlessly on Twin Cinema, Mass Romantic and Electric Version, and part of me wondered if their collective heart was still in it.

 

With the aptly titled Together, the septet is back together, ready to face their critics head-on and eliminate any doubt about their status amongst the top tier indie rock outfits. The band moves as one, playing off each other with call and response vocals, punchy melodies and clever twists. Newman’s songs allow the strengths of his talented friends to shine through and even the trademark, eccentric counter-points the band provides when Dan Bejar takes the lead move in tune with the flow of the record (and he somehow manages to slide H.M.S. Pinafore into a song with remarkable ease).

 

Ironically, with skeptics like me questioning the band’s heart, they’ve delivered a record that relies on just that. With surprising anthems like Your Hands (which gives just enough extra muscle to make it stand out from the band’s previous output) and beautiful strings (that really shape the album bookends, Moves and We End up Together) to balance the collection of well crafted pop nuggets, Together bleeds with the emotion I’ve sometimes felt Newman lacks, but lets be honest; the New Pr0ns have accomplished too much and have too much talent to be judged by one let-down. That being said, Together plays like a hard hitting response to the masses that were questioning if the champ’s skills had slipped. The 44-minutes are focused and refuse to let up, once again proving then when these talented musicians get together, the results are something to behold.

 

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2 Responses to “Quick Hitters:: The New Pornographers Together”

rgsc May 3rd, 2010 at 8:40 am

I think I may be the only person out there who actually likes Challengers. Sure, it wasn’t the pure pop perfection of Twin Cinema etc. but I thought it has some really great moments (Adventures in Solitude is one of my favs).

That being said, I am really enjoying Together and am happy that others are on board with NP again.

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