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The 2003 album, including "The Laws Have Changed", "All For Swinging You Around", and "It's Only Divine Right". Featured in the smash hit video game "Rock Band".

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3 stars out of 5 - "...Perfect harmonies, revved-up guitars and rinky-dink keyboards....ELECTRIC VERSION will no doubt prove one of the year's best summertime rock records..." Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003" --Rolling Stone

"...Vancouver's premier indie-rock supergroup has perfected a nifty trick: writing songs with hooks the Beatles would be proud of, giving them ornate, Beach Boys-style baroque pop arrangements, and playing them with all the pent-up energy of early Elvis Costello..." --Cmj

"...Their songs are predictably primed with enough catchy hooks to pull you into a web of upbeat optimism..." --The Wire

1. The Electric Version
2. From Blown Speakers
3. The Laws Have Changed
4. The End Of Medicine
5. Loose Translation
6. Chump Change
7. All For Swinging You Around
8. The New Face Of Zero And One
9. Testament To Youth In Verse
10. It¿s Only Divine Right
11. Ballad Of A Comeback Kid
12. July Jones
13. Miss Teen Wordpower

Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 7, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00008VAJT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Winsor on April 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that I have most eagerly awaited for the past 2 years. Invariably when such an album has come out, I have been sadly disappointed, not necessary because the album is bad, but because my expectations were way to high. When I first heard "The Laws Have Changed", I didn't know what to think, it sounded as though Neko knew the words to the song before she sang them this time. I thought maybe this one will be too polished like Elvis Costello's "Punch the Clock". But then I heard the rest of the album. While the production is much better than "Mass Romantic", the edge is still there. In many ways the songs sound more urgent than the previous release. Unlike "Romantic" they also slow it down for a couple of songs, and like just about everything else they are successful doing so. My fav on the record "From Blown Speakers" was one where they took it down a notch. Dan Bejar, while no longer a New Pornographer so that he can focus completely on Destroyer, is still at least a FONP (friend of), writes and does lead vocals on three of songs ("Chump Change", "Testament to Youth in Verse", and "Ballad of A Comeback Kid" they make you wish that these guys didn't have so much talent so they would be forced to work together all the time. "Testament" ends with a one word five part harmony that is just amazing. Brian Wilson, Phil Spector be warned a new generation of studio geniuses has arrived.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W. French on May 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD rocks right from the moment you put it into your CD player to the moment you take it out (that is if you ever want to take it out, I sure don't want to quite yet). Top-notch songwriting infused with 70's rock/new wave, layers of sweet crunchy guitar, and very distinctive vocal harmonies. Mmmm. Neko Case is a highlight on this record, as always she's fantastic. They're just one fantastic band, certainly a bright spot in the world of pop music today. This album should be blasted out of car windows on a summer day.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm a Neko Case fan, so when I heard about this side project she was in I had to take a chance. Let me tell you, I'm sure glad I did. Electric Version is a far cry from Neko's alt. country solo albums, which makes it that much more enjoyable and surprising. As soon as you pop this baby in your CD player you are hooked, and it probaly wont come out for a long long time. This is pop music the way it was supposed to be! catchy songs, goofy lyrics, and a killer back beat that gets you instantly hooked. Because the band has three different singers, it keeps each song fresh and new. Neko Case's voice is like a stream roller, it just takes over (even when she is just singing back-up vocals). I highly recomend this album with standout songs like "the laws have changed," "miss teen wordpower," and "july jones." I saw the New Pornographers live last week and I have to say...as good as they are on the album, they are 10 times better live! check them out and you wont be sorry!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Baines on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not as intense or quirky as their debut, Mass Romantic, Electric Version is a more consistent, fuller sounding, and possibly better version of the New Pornographers. As before, the NPs technique is to use a quadrazillion instruments to layer bouncy rhythm track on top of bouncy rhythm track (the drummer is the closest thing to a lead instrument in this band) beneath insanely catchy melodies (lots of 'em butt-end to butt-end in a subway car) that are wrapped in slightly straining, often sweet, sometimes falsetto harmonies.

What results is something that sounds like simple bubblegum pop from the 60s and 80s....except that it is not simple at all. It's all shimmery brightness on the surface, and dense complexity underneath, with facets that catch the light in different ways. Or maybe it's elegant simplicity on top of blatantly over-the-top production. Whatever! Crazy thing is it works...In Carl Newman's ever busy hands the complexity serves the ebullient feel of the music well, providing a million ways to start and stop momentum, or accent little sections of songs, or just to throw the whole lot into the sea, as at the end of Testament to a Life in Verse when a jaunty call to rebellion against pop mainstreaming is transformed suddenly into a layered, resoundingly beautiful, ringing crescendo of "no, no, no" that could have fallen out of Abbey Road.

The lyrics complicate things further, never quite revealing their explicit meaning while suggesting a combination of satire, dissappointment, and frustration that makes all that musical ebullience sound oddly like a rebel cry. As a result the songs are certainly not simply "sugary goodness," as many have said.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Murtaugh on June 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I could play amateur rock critic here, and talk about how the New Pornographers have outdone themselves yet again, producing a power-pop jewel with perhaps even more facets than their first outing, incorporating new influences (The Police, The Jayhawks) in their canon while keeping hold of their own unique sound.
Instead, I'll just tell a story. I bought this CD on a Thursday, and played it at work a few times that day and the next. On Monday one of my co-workers, who'd never heard the New Pornographers before, came in complaining that she had one of the songs stuck in her head, and she didn't even know what album it was from. By the end of that week, everyone in the room could be heard whistling tunes from the disc even when the stereo was silent. The Electric Version is powerfully addictive, but so far the side effects seem minimal compared with the potency of the high.
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