Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Twin Cinema

Carl (A.C.) Newman has done it again. I've been listening to the latest New Pornographers album, Twin Cinema, nonstop for the last 24 hours and I have decided it that it may be their best album to date. It doesn't have a straight up in-your-face catchy single like the previous albums but there are some moments that are just incredible.

Unlike earlier tunes, the songs on this album have a real slow-burning effect. While I love the way that tracks on Electric Version and especially Mass Romantic hit hard right off the bat, it seems like the band has reined in their sound on this album. The result is some great tension, and dynamics, which makes for an even more exuberant chorus when it finally breaks through. (Imagine not hearing Neko's wail until the last half of Letter From an Occupant...pretty powerful.)

Like many "great" albums I don't know if over time this will be my favorite New Pornographers album, but I think it is the best and most interesting work I've heard from them. I can't wait for their show which is coming to the 9:30 Club in October.


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