Twin Cinema
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Twin Cinema

August 23, 2005

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Song Title
Twin Cinema
The Bones Of An Idol
Use It
The Bleeding Heart Show
Jackie, Dressed In Cobras
The Jessica Numbers
These Are The Fables
Sing Me Spanish Techno
Falling Through Your Clothes
Broken Breads
Three Or Four
Star Bodies
Streets Of Fire
Stacked Crooked

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Label: Matador Records
  • Copyright: 2005 Matador Records
  • Total Length: 47:47
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000S570MS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,284 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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94 of 99 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 8 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 24 months ago 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
5.0 out of 5 stars From start to finish, just a terrific album
So a friend lends me two cds that he heard good things about in the music press. I wasn't crazy about the first one and didn't have terribly high expectations for the second. Read more
Published on March 15, 2009 by trainreader
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this album, the band is great live too!
I found this to be a very thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable album. I love the songs Twin Cinema and The Bleeding Heart Show.
Published on February 11, 2009 by M. Hansen
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