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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.Read more ›
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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I love "Testament to Youth in Verse," but most of this album is a snooze-fest. Sad face.Published 15 months ago by C. Johnson
Amazing album, sounds great on 180 gram vinyl. This also includes digital download. No problems with skips, and always wondering, what is that little monkey in the spaceship... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by ironj679
Because this record never misses. I'll jump out there and say that the NPs are up in the same stratosphere as the Pixies in terms of alt-rock/pop perfection. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Ronald Battista
I listen to a pretty wide variety of rock, alternative, and "southern rock" (e.g. "country") music, so I was amazed when I heard a full New Pornographers album for the first time... Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by J. Hart
All my New Pornographers music is on the iPod, and since it's always on shuffle, I only get one of their songs once in a while. Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by James Carragher
Imagine a single songwriter was in possession of Paul McCartney's God-given instinct for melody as well as John Lennon's talent for astute surreal lyricism. Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by Christopher J. Benz
I rarely buy CD's because Amazon says "you'll love it!", but I'd grown tired of my own musical discoveries when I purchased this CD, and reading a few independent reviews, decided... Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by John
Any accusation that "today's music ain't got the same soul, I like that ol' time rock n' roll" is quickly proven false with Electric Version. Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by J. Mark Bickerton