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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000A2H880
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,374 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

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of good pop rock, or just a fan of music in general.
It is simply great power pop songs sung and played well, and it's a unique talent to make this sound so fresh and effortless.
Derrick Peterman
Twin Cinema isn't the usual type of album I seem to purchase these days with three to four good songs and the rest mediocre.
J. B. DeLuca

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Christopher J. Benz on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By edwin on August 23, 2005
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 By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on 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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