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The phrase "dad rock" is our young century's go-to rock-critic insult, a cheap pejorative redolent of organic vegetables, sensible minivans, corny puns, tasteful guitar interplay, Steely Dan over-worship, and so forth -- the sound of settling.

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B008XJM84Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Not Talking
2. Do Your Own Time
3. You Could Get Lost Out Here
4. Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns
5. There's Money In New Wave
6. Strings
7. Hostages
8. Wasted English
9. The Troubadour
10. They Should Have Shut Down The Streets

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A.C. Newman may best be known as the leader of The New Pornographers, but he has also made much-loved solo albums. These show a more personal and intimate side to Carl's songwriting, and on Shut Down The Streets, recorded in Woodstock in Upstate New York, he is joined by longtime colleague Neko Case to make one of his most gorgeous, wide-ranging records yet.

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Highly recommended if you like good music...
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Nice and fresh breadth of instrumentation here, from bubbling synths to banjo.
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This is him at his most mature, creative, and overwhelming.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Carriere on October 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Update: I had no idea how much I would come to love this album. Shut Down the Streets has emerged as one of my favorite albums ever, let alone my favorite A.C. Newman solo. There is a quality at work in this collection that engenders genuine affection for the songs and the artist. Newman, the singer-songwriter, is an amazingly sympathetic and prepossessing artist with this affecting performance and material. Masterpiece. (And I was remiss not to mention the blessed vocal contributions of Neko Case.)
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Not since Lennon/McCartney have I so enjoyed music. Not just this album, but Newman's other two solo and five *TNP albums. Unpredictable chord changes and deja vu melody lines. Lyrics inscrutable, poetic, funny, fun, and heartbreaking, sometimes all at once. Song arrangements and instrumentation loaded with nuance and innovation make each listen a fresh experience.

Shut Down the Streets (album), is taking a little longer to register with me, but steadily gaining ground. Every song shows promise, and I expect repeated listening will uncover new favorites. Encyclopedia of Classic Take Downs, however, is instant gratification with its irresistible-sing-along-hook "I didn't mean to live that many lies", (reminiscent of "Parade of sisters through New York" from TNP, The New Face of Zero and One).

Instrumental figures can be as addictive as lyrical hooks, and a perfect illustration are the horn lines in the intro of I'm Not Talking, and repeating between verses. Very 70's.

And it's easy to imagine John Lennon singing There's Money in New Wave. A song to smile by.

Frankly, this may not be the best album to meet A.C. Newman.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deckard Trinity on October 11, 2012
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Ok... now that the dust has settled, and I've had a chance to really give this album a few listens, let me quickly say that this is my personal fav out of AC's three solo albums. I think the opening track, I'm Not Talking, is just completely mesmerizing. I find myself listening to (and trying to write) a lot of more abstract and simple, electronic infused music, and really think he nailed the opening 30 seconds on this track. It's not just bleeps and bloops, but more alive. And then the guitar kicks in, and I'm completely drawn in. Followed by AC's lead, and ... oh yes!... Neko Case on backing harmony. What can I say, I'm a bit smitten!

The rest of the album doesn't _quite_ live up to the beauty of the opener, but that's just because it's such a strong song. Overall, this is an album you can chill to, dance to, perhaps even do "other" things to... just a great, uplifting vibe all around. 5+ stars!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S.G. on October 9, 2012
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I've been listening to the album streaming from another site for the past week and I love it. It's more laid-back than his work with the New Pornographers, but has the same beautifully crafted melodies and building song structure. Another reviewer put it well, The New Pornographer albums are usually summer time songs that you sing with the windows down as you drive. This album is better released in the fall the tone is more subdued, but feels deeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on December 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
"Shut Down the Streets" is magnificent and heartening. I became a fan of A.C. Newman's music with the New Pornographers' "Twin Cinema," and his first solo album, "The Slow Wonder," which, in retrospect represented the peak of his more youthful, audacious phase. Ever since, I think it's fair to say that Newman has been struggling, pushing himself and at times reaching beyond his grasp, not wanting to stay forever defined as a power-pop confectioner, but not clear on what should come next. The results have been iffy. "Challengers," the moody follow-up to "Twin Cinema," is a pretty great album even as it demonstrated Newman's first forays into trying to reinvent himself; but what followed, the NP's "Together" and Newman's solo "Get Guilty," had a forced quality, as if he was saying to himself "there's got to be more to life than clever melodies and inscrutable lyrics... but what?" The cellos that dominated arrangements on those two albums created emblematic sounds to represent what seemed to be going on -- Newman sawing.

But the struggle was worth it. "Shut Down the Streets" is a great album, every bit as musically compelling as "Twin Cinema" but even more listenable, with the sense of cleverness replaced by humbler reverence for the beauty of the melodies he has been able to concoct. He lets these songs breathe, sometimes taking on a "less is more" approach with the arrangements -- like in the gorgeous, hushed "You Could Get Lost Out Here" -- and sometimes building a Wall of Sound to frame subjects that Newman clearly cares about -- as in the track from which the album title is derived, "They Should Have Shut Down the Streets," an unusually (for him) plain-spoken tribute to his late mother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Zachariah on August 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I was resigned to the idea that AC Newman's 3rd album wouldn't be an improvement on his first two, because I simply didn't believe that The Slow Wonder and Get Guilty could possibly be improved upon. So the fact Shut Down The Streets is his best album is no small statement.

It is not just a collection of perfect songs, but songs that flow perfectly from one to the next. There is a big difference between an album featuring x number of great songs and a great album, and Shut Down The Streets is both. From the opening chords of the instant classic I'm Not Talking, Newman hits every height there is to hit. Some moments of bluntness may feel jarring on first listen, but it's up to the listener to catch up. Every repeat listen reveals a new layer, and the further you go, the more this masterpiece becomes clear.

A truly great album.
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