& FREE Shipping on orders over $25. Details
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Challengers has been added to your Cart

Ship to:
To see addresses, please
or
Please enter a valid US zip code.
or
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Zoverstocks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed. All dispatched with 1 - 3 working days from the UK
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Challengers

Audio CD

4.2 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Amazon Music
Challengers
"Please retry"
Price
New from Used from
MP3 Music, August 21, 2007
"Please retry"
Audio CD, August 21, 2007
"Please retry"
$9.99
$6.50 $2.56
$9.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25. Details Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently bought together

  • Challengers
  • +
  • Together
  • +
  • Brill Bruisers
Total price: $32.74
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS return with their fourth album and their first recorded outside of bassist John Collins's basement studio. Airier, more spacious and more relaxed than its jackhammer predecessors, 'Challengers' is the sound of songwriters Carl Newman and Dan B‚jar stretching out. In a recent Pitchfork interview, Newman rejected the "power-pop" label and suggested "power-folk" instead, and several songs on the new album live up to it, particularly the luscious Neko Case fronted ballads "Go Places" and "Challengers." That's not to say the band doesn't play anthems - it certainly does, but a rousing track like B‚jar's "Myriad Harbour" is more imbued with the ghosts of Fred Neil and Viv Stanshall than with the new-wave songsters of yore. In general, Newman's songwriting is slightly more scrutable this time around; his lyrics still ring with wry perception and political metaphor, but betray some of the magnanimity that comes with new love - "our arms fill with miracles", he writes in "Go Places".

Amazon.com

Pay no attention to the reviews that imply the New Pornographers have "grown up" or "matured" or "drifted away" from the perfect-pop promise of their first three records. For if you throw darts at the songs on Challengers, an ambitious soundscape that had members of the all-star Canadian band recording their parts all over North America, you'll hit one flawless song after another. "All The Old Showstoppers," "All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth," and "Mutiny, I Promise You" (with its driving Farfisa organ) all venture back to the infectiousness of the band's earlier records, with leader and chief songwriter A.C. Newman (now a Brooklyn native) penning some of the most thought-provoking lyrics this side of Billy Bragg. Yes, there are departures, including a string section, flute and harp, and Dan Bejar's foray into indie-pop hip-hop with the witty, New York-heavy "Myriad Harbour." But there's also Neko Case dominating the divine title track and equally charming "Go Places"" as only she can, Kathryn Calder making her lead-vocal debut on "Failsafe" and (with Newman) on the melancholy "Adventures in Solitude," and Newman using an ambitious six and a half minutes to write about his new home city ("Unguided"). Then, your 50 minutes--a dozen songs--are up, as is the conclusion: Grown up? Sure. Matured? OK. Still pop perfect? Utterly. --Scott Holter

More from the New Pornographers and Friends


Mass Romantic


Electric Version


Twin Cinema


Destroyer's Rubies, Destroyer (featuring Dan Bejar)


Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Neko Case


Slow Wonder, A.C. Newman

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. My Rights Versus Yours
  2. All The Old Showstoppers
  3. Challengers
  4. Myriad Harbour
  5. All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth
  6. Failsafe
  7. Unguided
  8. Entering White Cecilia
  9. Go Places
  10. Mutiny, I Promise You
  11. Adventures In Solitude
  12. Spirit Of Giving, The


Product details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000S9KSC8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,297 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Amazon's New Pornographers Store

Music

Image of album by New Pornographers
Visit Amazon's New Pornographers Store
for 10 albums, discussions, and more.

Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on October 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
11 comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on September 25, 2008
Format: MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on December 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on September 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most recent customer reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Challengers
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Challengers


What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


Pages with related products. See and discover other items: indie rock, vinyl pop