The New Pornographers
Twin Cinema


5.0
classic

Review

by thebhoy EMERITUS
May 27th, 2008 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A brilliant and insanely catchy pop album from the Canadian indie supergroup.

The New Pornographers are a Canadian indie supergroup comprised of notable talents who all excel in what they do. The group is lead by Carl Newman who is joined by the likes of Dan Bejar, Neko Case, John Collins, Kurt Dahle and Blaine Thurier. Unlike other supergroups, The New Pornographers have a sense of cohesiveness in their sound. Each member adds something to the group, without being too radically individual from the overall sound of the band. Carl Newman, who writes eleven out of the fourteen tracks, has an impeccable knack for creating incredibly catchy pop songs that are wholly original and subtle. In other words, Newman crafts songs that are immediately accessible upon first listen, but also get better with repeated listens. This is the ultimate summarization of Twin Cinema. The album is a perfect display of indie-pop at its finest. No song is ignorable as each do their best to vie for the title of best track.

There is an almost unpredictable path that the vocal melodies tend to take. When listening to the radio-friendly mainstream pop, you know where the singer is going next. Carl Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar however, never seem to go where you think they are going to go. However the places they end up going, are generally much better then where you thought it was going to go. This fact is most evident on the absolutely beautiful The Bleeding Heart Show, a personal favourite, with the at first jarring but ultimately rewarding vocal and musical shifts ending with a heartbreaking coda. The vocal melodies are like getting lost on the way to the movie theater, but discovering the most beautiful, serene forest ever seen. This is also helped by the Dan Bejar lead deviations in the album. Jackie, Dressed in Cobras, Broken Breads and Streets of Fire are the three songs on the album penned by Bejar. His voice is certainly unique, and those who are familiar with Destroyer will noticed that Bejar has reeled in his eccentricities a bit and this makes for some of the catchiest vocals on the album (try and get the vocal hook at the end of Broken Breads out of your head.) Dan Bejar’s songs are certainly different from Newman’s, however it is in a refreshing way, rather than a distracting one. Then we come to Neko Case who has a simply amazing voice which is best displayed on These Are the Fables, a song that seems like a vehicle specifically built for Case’s expressive voice. The vocals are great, however one should not look away from the instrumental portion of the band.

Kurt Dahle’s drumming is possibly the best on any indie-pop album I have ever heard. Always creative and interesting in both keeping time and his flashy fills, best displayed in the coda of The Bleeding Heart Show and the intro to Jackie, Dressed in Cobras. John Collins’ bass likes to keep things simple but is always there to keep everything moving and in order. The rollicking bass on Star Bodies, which also produces a great cascading banjo finale, is the perfect example of Collins’ strong and sensible bass playing. The album also produces some wonderful instrumentation. Ebow, mandolin, melodion, cello, trumpet, xylophone, harmonica, pump organ and slide guitar all give great texture the core hooks and melodies of the songs, especially on the lovely Streets of Fire and album closer Stacked Crooked. However as mentioned before, the musical standout in this album is Kurt Dahle on the drums. It gives climax to songs like The Bleeding Heart Show and Streets of Fire, and gives an added flavour to other numbers like Jackie, Dressed in Cobras. Though the vocal melodies are the primary focus on the album, I couldn’t imagine this album with just any old drummer, doing predictable rhythms or fills. Dahle is possibly the most unheralded star of the album.

I strongly recommend this album to anyone. All of the songs on the album have the ability to get stuck in your head, which makes this a perfect indie-pop album. The album also gets better with each listen, as each time presents a new layer that you can discover, a new way to listen to a song. To put it simply, this album is a shimmering, brilliant, concise, and catchy masterpiece from the Canadian supergroup known as the New Pornographers.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
thebhoy
Emeritus
May 27th 2008


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I never get any freakin' comments. I can't believe these guys weren't on the site before.

SHOOTME
May 27th 2008


2393 Comments


Very nice review

armfarm
May 28th 2008


589 Comments


i love them.

sgrevs
May 28th 2008


698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is good but not that good. Twin Cinema and Jackie Dressed in Cobras own the rest of the album by far, it drags on a lot towards the end as well. Good review though.

Anthracks
May 28th 2008


6177 Comments


They are on the site, take away the 'The' when you search for them. =

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McP3000
May 28th 2008


4050 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol wut



this needs to be included with the other New Pornographer's stuff.This Message Edited On 05.28.08

AtavanHalen
May 28th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All for swinging this review around.

thebhoy
Emeritus
May 28th 2008


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

alright, my bad guys... I feel really stupid now, haha, I can't believe I didn't think of dropping the 'the'. Seriously that might be the most retarded thing I've done in quite awhile.

timbo8
June 2nd 2008


625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can this band page please be deleted and this material be transfered to "New Pornographers"? Especially now that Challengers and a sound off for it has been added? Jeez, that damn "The"

natey
February 13th 2009


4190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

finally giving this a serious listen

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2010


16248 Comments


SING ME SPANISH TECHNO

Gyromania
April 24th 2013


25358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best album ever. stacked crooked, sing me spanish techno, jackie, dressed in cobras, these are the fables, the bleeding hearts show, use it, streets of fire - all perfect

Swoon420
November 24th 2013


330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like this album a lot..

Bleeding Heart Show is my favorite on the album. Some catchy ass tunes on here..

jtswope
July 20th 2014


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow sputnik underrates this hard.

toxin.
August 30th 2014


12914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty sweet

Gyromania
February 9th 2015


25358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

might still be my favourite pop album

jtswope
June 17th 2015


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best ever agreed.

grannypantys
February 1st 2017


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WE HAVE ARRIVED

theBoneyKing
February 1st 2017


14920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I should check this before their new one drops.

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FullOfSounds
February 1st 2017


15764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This looks like a recipe to be awesome, prob gonna check this tonight



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