With a name like that they are probably guaranteed a high google ranking but out in the real world the New Pornographers should also become serious contenders when their 4th album ‘Challengers’ drops next month. You may have already succumbed to 2003’s ‘Electric Version’ or its follow up ‘Twin Cinema’ 2 years later but even if you are raw to their talents ‘My Rights, Versus Yours’ will surely rope you in. It has a restrained approach compared to their earlier standouts but Carl Newman (A.C. Newman) has rarely sounded so good. In fact after a month of listens it already feels like a classic. I guess it’s fair to expect miracles every time the New Pornographers pull an album together given that Newman is only half of the dynamic, with Neko Case and Danny Bejar from Destroyer among others providing their own unique propulsion. In a year of long player let downs perhaps ‘Challengers’ could be the one to turn the tide. KD
The New Pornographers – My Rights, Versus Yours
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