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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Usually, the whole trick behind pop music is to appear effortless, but the New Pornographers turn that equation on its head, making it a habit of showing their work in every tune. So dense their songs, so labyrinthine their lyrics, they tend to inspire admiration, not slack-jawed wonder, but it's to the Canadian supergroup's great credit that the music never feels like an intellectual exercise: the hooks are there, they're just not immediate. Fortunately, Together -- the group's fifth album -- does feel immediate, a muscular riposte to 2007's inward-gazing Challengers; it's a record that sounds sinewy even when slathered with strings. When the cellos are really ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Usually, the whole trick behind pop music is to appear effortless, but the New Pornographers turn that equation on its head, making it a habit of showing their work in every tune. So dense their songs, so labyrinthine their lyrics, they tend to inspire admiration, not slack-jawed wonder, but it's to the Canadian supergroup's great credit that the music never feels like an intellectual exercise: the hooks are there, they're just not immediate. Fortunately, Together -- the group's fifth album -- does feel immediate, a muscular riposte to 2007's inward-gazing Challengers; it's a record that sounds sinewy even when slathered with strings. When the cellos are really sawing away, as they are from the moment the record starts, the scale of the New Pornographers' ambition and melodic dedication often recall an ELO without ornamentation (or Jeff Lynne's enduring love of Jerry Lee Lewis boogie, for that matter), occasionally fronted by Robyn Hitchcock in the guise of Destroyer's Dan Bejar, whose flights of impenetrable fancy do not seem incongruous because A.C. Newman's songs are equally elusive. Which is why Neko Case is so crucial to the group's success: she's the blood that flows through the band, turning whimsy into something resembling reality without giving the listener pause, which is no small talent. And perhaps that's why this album is called Together: more than any other of the New Pornographers' albums, this feels like a group effort, each element united to create uniquely cerebral power pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861089124
  • Catalog Number: 10891
  • Sales rank: 42,700

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The New Pornographers Primary Artist
Neko Case Vocals, Group Member
Kurt Dahle Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Cochemea Gastelum Baritone Saxophone
Neal Sugarman Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Will Sheff Background Vocals
Daniel Bejar Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vibes, Group Member
John Collins Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Group Member
Todd Fancey Banjo, Guitar, Group Member
Blaine Thurier Keyboards, Group Member
A.C. Newman Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Kathryn Calder Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Zach Condon Trumpet
Ben Kalb Cello
Annie Clark Guitar, Soloist
Tara Szczygielski Violin
The Dap-Kings Horn
Dave Guy Trumpet
Technical Credits
Colin Stewart Engineer
Kurt Dahle Engineer
David Carswell Engineer
Phil Palazzolo Producer, Engineer
Sheldon Zaharko Engineer
The New Pornographers Producer
John Collins Engineer
Mark Ephraim Engineer
Josh Clark Engineer
Walter Martin Artwork, Cover Photo
Paloma Muñoz Artwork, Cover Photo
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