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Shut Down the Streets [Import]

A.C. NewmanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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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 23, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B009A7BV2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Carl. Beautiful. Keep writing (Updated 5/25/13) 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.)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic song writer 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A.C. Newman's evolution 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Album August 30, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a true delight
I first listened to this album a few months ago. My reaction was, "Nice. But lightweight. Nothing special. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Dunphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to finally discover this guy
The college radio station I listen to had "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns" in pretty heavy rotation at the end of 2012 and I liked the song a lot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Susan B
4.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air
Here's an artist who writes great songs with a flair for catchy melodies and witty, personal and somewhat enigmatic lyrics. Read more
Published 15 months ago by EncinoGrande
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Love this CD. I play it over and over like crazy. Please put out another soon! I would buy it in a second.
Published 16 months ago by T. Maltos
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding third solo album
A.C. Newman is better known as Carl Newman, the ringleader of the New Pornographers. Despite that band's ever growing popularity, Newman has found (has made) the time to release... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul Allaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
AC Newman always sounds just like AC Newman, still these new songs are exactly what I've come to know and love and enjoy.
Published 17 months ago by K. Rafalski
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature Singer-Songwriter Effort
Fans of The New Pornographers may find this A.C. Newman solo release to be a bit of jarring transition if one hasn't been following his solo metamorphosis over the course of the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cory Edinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A friend walked into the bar where I work the other day, when I was playing "Encyclopedia...". Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bridget M
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise
I am a fan of the New Pornographers, and I knew about A C Newman, but never expected any of his solo work to sound like TNP. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A-Sesh
5.0 out of 5 stars A softer, mellower A C Newman.....
This record presents a softer, mellower, highly melodic side of A C Newman`s music, hinted at the last 2 recordings from his zany collective The New Pornographers, Challengers and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Guillermo L. Miyares
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