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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Carl Newman has been behind so many excellent bands and albums that by 2009 it has become increasingly easy to take a new album for granted, to mistake his steady craftsmanship for complacency. While it's true that Get Guilty doesn't break any new ground, you'd be wrong to think that Newman is treading water or just cranking out albums because it's his job. The album is full of songs that would have made the cut for the New Pornographers' last couple albums -- in fact, some like "The Heartbreak Rides" and "Submarines of Stockholm" would have bested everything there. At the risk of sounding heretical, at this point in time the A.C. Newman records are superior to the New ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Carl Newman has been behind so many excellent bands and albums that by 2009 it has become increasingly easy to take a new album for granted, to mistake his steady craftsmanship for complacency. While it's true that Get Guilty doesn't break any new ground, you'd be wrong to think that Newman is treading water or just cranking out albums because it's his job. The album is full of songs that would have made the cut for the New Pornographers' last couple albums -- in fact, some like "The Heartbreak Rides" and "Submarines of Stockholm" would have bested everything there. At the risk of sounding heretical, at this point in time the A.C. Newman records are superior to the New Pornographers albums. Sure, the NPs make bright and shiny indie rock albums that sound great on the radio, but they also have acquired a layer of gloss and bombast that makes it hard to truly embrace their sound. On his solo albums, Newman is more relaxed with the arrangements; many of the songs forgo the insistent rhythms of the NPs for a more stripped-down and immediate feel. While there is less experimentation here than on Slow Wonder, it's still nice to hear Newman thinking smaller. He's also more focused in the songwriting department when he's on his own, forsaking the often manic twists and turns of a typical NP song in favor of a more direct approach. That's not to say that Newman has suddenly become a confessional singer/songwriter; it's just that he appears more confident in writing songs that simply sound good. It may not seem like a big distinction but it really is, and it helps give this record like it did with Slow Wonder a feeling of peace and warmth that wasn't really part of Newman's game until very recently. Of course, all that being said, Get Guilty is still a Carl Newman record -- so you get all the things you've come to expect from him: insanely catchy songs, loopy and indecipherable lyrics, and first-rate female backing vocals here provided by Kori Gardner of Mates of State and Nicole Atkins. Call him a journeyman indie rocker if you like, take him for granted if you must, just don't write him off. Anyone who can craft a record that sounds and feels as good as Get Guilty deserves to keep on making records forever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861083429
  • Catalog Number: 10834
  • Sales rank: 132,752

Album Credits

Performance Credits
A.C. Newman Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodion, Musician
Phil Palazzolo Bass, Musician
Brendan Ryan Piano, Trumpet, Accordion, Electric Piano, Musician
Jon Wurster Percussion, Drums, Musician
Paula Henderson Baritone Saxophone, Musician
Jason Hammel Vocals, Musician
Charles Burst Percussion, Drums, Musician
Nicole Atkins Vocals, Musician
Josh Clark Bass, Musician
Tara Szczygielski Vocals, Musician
Eric Heveron Smith Trombone, Musician
J.B. Flatt Recorder, Musician
Pamela Quinn Flute, Musician
Technical Credits
Phil Palazzolo Producer, Engineer
John Noll Vocal Engineer
A.C. Newman Composer, Producer
Ian Larkin Vocal Engineer
Charles Burst Engineer
Josh Clark Engineer
Eric Heveron Smith Engineer
Caleb Beyers Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A good follow-up

    Get Guilty is a decent follow-up to A.C. Newman's first album, The Slow Wonder. If you're a New Pornographers fan, definitely give A.C. Newman a try. I find the music to be more cohesive and upbeat, and the entire album as a whole fits very well. Get Guilty has a few amazing songs, such as Thunderbolts, and also a few dull parts. I find myself skipping ahead in anticipation for my favorite songs, feeling guilty that I may not like others as much. However, overall the album is very upbeat and entertaining. It is not boring, and the music can be quite beautiful. His voice is never annoying and the way he sings keeps me interested. Definitely an album worth hearing.

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