The New Pornographers - Together

Though the internet is virtually unanimous in declaring Together as The New Pornographers’ return to form (after the fairly blasé Challengers, save “Your Rights Versus Mine” & “Myriad Harbor”), I still think you need only look back to the underrated Get Guilty to see that the addictive melodies A.C. Newman has churned out for the past decade plus didn‘t disappear for long. That being said, Newman proves he doesn’t mind taking a back seat to Dan Bejar, Neko Case, or Kathryn Calder on this new one, as all but two of his lead vocal songs appear on the back half of the album. Overall, Together packs quite the wallop - it’s the most energetic Newman/Pornographers album since Twin Cinema, and perhaps their most flat-out collaborative since Mass Romantic. It also continues their path towards a more carefully orchestral sound, with a ton of ornate flourishes filling in the gaps on nearly every track here. Together shows The New Pornographers are still the best in the business at churning out blissful, heavenly power-pop. Neko Case’s lead on “Crash Years” is my early favorite, and was performed recently on The Jimmy Fallon Show.

MP3 :: Your Hands (Together)
(from Together. Buy here)


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