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Twin Cinema

New PornographersAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000A2H880
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Twin Cinema is the third album from Vancouver's pop maestros continues to feature Neko Case and Dan Bejar (Destroyer), as well as new vocalists Kathryn Calder and Nora O'Connor. These songs veer more toward the rocking and the personal than the sugar of earlier works. Chief singer/songwriter A.C. Newman has absorbed not just the mechanics of classic songwriting, but the heart, while indulging his admiration of demented current bands like Fiery Furnaces and Frog Eyes. Expect to hear influences from The Moody Blues, Tubeway Army, Wings, Eno, The Stranglers, 10cc, and other greats, all filtered through Newman's warped worldview. Matador. 2005.

Imagine a loose consortium of musicians who combine the lilting melodies of the Zombies with the driving hooks of the Kinks. Sure, it's what all the kids are doing these days, but Vancouver's New Pornographers are one of the few--along with the Shins--to get the balance right. Their third full-length offers more of the same smart power-pop that made Mass Romantic and Electric Version instant classics, plus some surprising new moves. As singer/songwriter Carl Newman (The Slow Wonder) has noted, "You can't play ebow without sounding like Eno," and indeed, Brian Eno's sublime early recordings are evoked on this more introspective offering. There are also strong new vocalists joining Neko Case: Nora O'Connor (the Blacks) and Newman's piano-playing niece, Kathryn Calder. If there was a flaw with previous efforts, it was that the contributions of Dan Bejar (Destroyer), fine as they were, sounded somewhat out of place. Just as they're better integrated this time around, Twin Cinema offers every member of this insanely talented ensemble the chance to shine. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The third time is still a charm August 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry. Those who see a fall off in this album are simply out of their gourd. This is an absolutely fabulous album by one of rock's more unusual groups and one of the finest releases of 2005. The group is unusual in being more or less an assembled supergroup of people from established bands. One of the main members, Neko Case, has a highly successful solo career on her own. Rarely do bands formed in this manner result in the group staying together for very long, yet the Pornographers have managed three excellent albums in five years, quite an achievement.

One is tempted to say that this album is so superb simply because everyone in it is so talented and the songs are all great, and while that is certainly true the history of rock has shown that great talent hasn't always resulted in great music. For whatever reason, these guys have managed to assemble talent that meshes marvelously, with each member willing to step aside a bit for the good of the group. The level of musicianship on this album is exceptional and it is truly a delight listening to people who are all so very good at what they do playing such a great set of songs. If I had a complaint with the album it is that Neko Case doesn't just take over fulltime as lead vocalist. Mind you, Carl Newman, the band's main songwriter, is a very decent vocalist, but Neko Case is a great vocalist. Though he does every song he sings a service, he rarely stands out; Ms. Case does.

Though the band possesses a world of talent, this would count for little if you didn't have great songs to work with. Luckily, these are first rate songs. I can honestly say that there isn't a weak cut on the album, while there are several cuts that are simply outstanding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Pornographers step up! October 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've had nearly 6 months with this record now and am convinced that it is the New Pornographer's masterpiece, though I believe (and hope) that the best is still yet to come.

This album departs from the previous album 'Electric Version's overall veneer of hook laden, sunny, formulaic pop (as addictive as it was) and steps up with a startling array of musical shades. The album offers up endlessly exquisite examples of alt-pop, rock, country, underground, prog rock and experimental compositions. Somehow, it also makes sense as a whole.

It's been said many times, but this band has the greatest musical chops currently on offer. Their virtuoso stylings at times show them pushing beyond the limits of expectation. Simple treatments of the songs would be just too boring, given the technical abilities of everyone involved. The important thing is it's joyous in a twisted kind of way, and every part of the production is there because it needs to be there.

On this album you will find a few instant winners (for me it was Use It, The Bones of an Idol and These are the Fables) but after you've played them to death, the other tracks will one by one start to reveal themselves - my current favourites are Jackie, Dressed in Cobras, Streets of Fire, Stacked Crooked and Broken Beads. Honestly, there isn't a dud here.

The innovative production here is so organic to A C Newman and Dan Bajar's brilliant song writing that it almost goes unnoticed. The songs are fully developed and often, cross and counter melodies begin to emerge as you get to know the songs better. Check out the sudden stomping rhythm at the end of Stacked Crooked that develops into a chorus chant. Earlier, a faux-Arabic lilting vocal breaks unexpectedly in the same tune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a charming success August 23, 2005
By edwin
Format:Audio CD
Although I am generally a very upbeat person, I've realized most of my music is rather gloomy. Positive, upbeat music always seems to fall into one of two categories - either trite and meaningless or overdone and gaudy. I have listened to and enjoyed The New Porographers's first two albums for some time, seeing them as pleasant exceptions, but nothing about them was especially earthshattering or moving.

This album, however, is not only devoid of filler, the songs form a cohesive album in a way I never thought pop like this could. This is a great album any way you measure it - every song is full of several catchy melodies that mean even more together, and the same is true of each song - they mean so much more together than apart. If I wasn't hooked by the completely original sound of the opener, the anthemic refrain of the second half of "The Bleeding Heart Show" did it. Every time after I play this album, I want to do it all over again.

The many layers make this album perfect in so many possible situations - lyrics and song structure that are great for careful listening, but choruses and melodies that make it just right to add to the ambience of a party. I know this one will get a lot more plays.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2005: Highly enjoyable and diverse November 30, 2005
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"Twin Cinema" eventually takes over your full attention span with the beautiful vocal work and the diversity of their music from track to track. "The Bones of an idol", "The Bleeding Heart Show" and "These are the Fables" are testimony of the extraordinary work of this fascinating Canadian ensemble do (what are they doing to the water north of the border these days?) Without going as full fledge into experimental territory as their Montreal counterparts, Broken Social Scene, they still get a lot accomplished (actually, they sound a bit like BSS' sister band Stars, once in a while), making this album one of the best ones to have been released in 2005.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff. Smart music with just the right amount ...
Great stuff. Smart music with just the right amount of pop mixed in. It's been on heavy rotation since I got it.
Published 6 days ago by Droogy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is in the Top 5 Best Pop albums of all time
This is in the Top 5 Best Pop albums of all time! Stunning lyrics. Great arrangements. Mind boggling at times such as "Sing Me Spanish Techno". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert McFee
4.0 out of 5 stars I'ts a Good Album
I definitely think that some of the songs are a heck of a lot better than others, but I very much so enjoy this album as a whole
Published 8 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars So amazing.
This is literally a Canadian super band. The band is comprised of a bunch of random artists (who are involved in other bands/projects)--and it is amazing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cai
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it or not - this is their best album
The New Pornos are one of those bands that have garnered critical acclaim but somehow still manage to slip beneath the radar when it comes to the general public at large - but are... Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by Matt Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the original
My daughter borrowed a copy of this album from the public library and lost the CD. I ordered this replacement from Amazon. When it came, I returned this one to the library. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by Wayne A. Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars The Shins meet Abba
First time to listen to this band and they just didn't impress. I find the drummer to be quite good but otherwise this came across as way too "poppie" for me and an amalgam of the... Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by Strike Me Down Now!
5.0 out of 5 stars A great pop album
Twin Cinema is one of the best pop records I have ever heard. It delivers pure joy from start to finish every time I listen to it, which is a rare thing indeed. Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by hired goon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
It's not that often that I discover a group that totally, instantly, blows me away. When I do, I'm torn between the urge to keep them a secret of the lucky minority that knows of... Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by R. Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Empty Calories
The New Pornographers can not be faulted for their musical ability. It shines through all over this set. Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by Paul D. Langley
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