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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00008NGLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The New Pornographers' debut album was the stuff of legend, a near-perfect collection of catchy songs filled with lush sonics, anthemic sing-alongs, and retro pop hooks. Seemingly out of nowhere, the band--featuring Zumpano's Carl Newman, Destroyer's Dan Bejar, and alt-country goddess Neko Case--forged a power pop masterpiece. Electric Version is, thankfully, not all that different. For its 45 minutes, the album never eases up on its great influences; you're treated to a baker's dozen of memorable tunes that harken to prog-rock, New Wave, and the British Invasion. The lyrics are goofy, the production fills your stereo (like the best, most upbeat tracks by Wilco or the Flaming Lips), and the alternating vocalists keep things fresh. The songs only get better as the album progresses; "Chump Change," "Ballad of a Comeback Kid,"and "July Jones" are three that standout. Somehow this indie supergroup is making classic rock ... today. --Jason Verlinde

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While the production is much better than "Mass Romantic", the edge is still there.
J. T. Winsor
The New Pornographers are good enough to make an indie rock fan like me buy this record.
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Neko Case's lead and harmonies take very good songs and make the soar brilliantly.
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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
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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
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2006
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The second album by the greatest band ever to hail from Vancouver is another winner. I have no idea why they aren't among the biggest names in music. They are well known, but they should be huge. Every song on the disc just ripples with talent and musical intelligence. This is without question some of the most energetic, brilliant, and passionate music in indie rock.

All of the members of the band are involved in other musical projects or have solo careers of their own (co-lead vocalist Neko Case, for instance, here in Chicago, where she has moved). Perhaps because of that or perhaps because they refuse to release anything that isn't utterly outstanding, they have managed to release only three albums in their eight years of existence. But though their releases are few, they make up for it by being close to perfect. There truly is not a bad cut on this album. Even the weakest cuts have numerous interesting moments, while the strongest cuts are so great they can send bolts of joy through your system. When you hear a song like "The Laws Have Changed" you can easily convince yourself that you haven't heard many better songs in your life. And then when you hear "It's Only Divine Right" you know it can't be true since it is at least as good.

This is a tight, tight band and every song bristles with wonderful musical touches. Because all the members are such seasoned professionals, they obviously know how to add just the right touch to properly embellish a song without weighing it down. And everyone in the band is so outstanding at what they do it is hard to single a single member out for praise. Nonetheless, I have to hand out kudos to two members. Carl Newman, more or less the leader of the band, has on all their albums managed to generate a fabulous set of songs.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Baines on February 3, 2005
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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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