The New Porns’ string of critical excellence extends across the last decade, from their exquisite 2000 debut, Mass Romantic, to their fifth injection of Indie Rock adrenaline, last year’s Together, a hair-raising evocation of ’60s sugar Pop via Roy Wood and Petula Clark time-machined into contemporary consciousness.
The Porns' fifth album continues their unparalleled string of studio excellence while furthering the concrete-instrument- and-arrangement approach of 2007's baroque Pop and inexplicably misunderstood 'Challengers.' The sound here is more moodily reflective and less frenetically adrenalized, an atmosphere reinforced by a sonorous cello; even Neko Case's normally exuberant appearances are more restrained.
A.C. Newman should be studied by science in an attempt to discover the secret of his dual creative successes as the primary spark plug for The New Pornographers and as a solo artist. The Porns' fifth album, 'Together,' continues the band's unparalleled string of studio excellence while furthering the concrete-instrument-and-arrangement approach of 2007's baroque Pop and inexplicably misunderstood 'Challengers.'