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Album Review: The New Pornographers - Together

Album Review: The New Pornographers - Together

Monday 14th June, 2010 8:51AM

It’d be easy to underestimate The New Pornographers. The fact they have always sounded like they’re just having a jam, has perhaps led to their music being a little too underrated. AC Newman has written some the last decade’s best pop songs (specifically ‘Letter from an Occupant’, ‘Sing Me Spanish Techno’) and he (along with the other star songwriters) manages to coalesce considerable influences into one raucous mix. However 2007’s Challengers delivered a more introspective sound, as if the band tired of being seen as a party band for some of indie music’s most fêted stars (including Neko Case, Dan Bejar of Destroyer). Their latest, Together, falls somewhere in between – the arrangements are denser and more diverse than many of their previous albums, yet there’s an energy which was lacking from Challengers.

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