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Mass Romantic [Original recording remastered, Import]

The New Pornographers Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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1. Mass Romantic
2. The Fake Headlines
3. The Slow Descent into Alcoholism
4. Mystery Hours
5. Jackie
6. Letter from an Occupant
7. To Wild Homes
8. The Body Says No
9. Execution Day
10. Centre for Holy Wars
11. The Mary Martin Show
12. Breakin' the Law

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A lush album but not a grandiose or overblown one...11 songs that demand attention from pop connoisseurs... -- Chicago Tribune

Devastatingly lovely songs...a lush atmosphere of Brian Wilson/Todd Rundgren style opulence... -- CMJ, March 2001

Full of lush strings, Bacharach piano, jazzy brass breaks, layers of harmonies... -- New York Post

Impressive...sublime melodies and arrangements warm enough to melt the hearts of Eskimos... -- Magnet Magazine, March 2001

Listen and swoon... -- Philadelphia City Paper


The joie de vivre that oozes out of this stupidly contagious power pop record sounds as if a bunch of friends just went into the studio to make the sort of record they'd like to hear on a night out. And that's pretty much what Mass Romantic is. Members of various Canadian bands took time out to make new wave sound fun again, giving it garage rock grit and glam rock insanity. As the band say in the sleeve notes: "it's hard to remember who played what, it was all a blaze of pipe organ, Wurlitzer, mini koog, and what have you". It's this spirited approach that give us 40 minutes of energetic, upbeat Brill Building pop simplicity in a head-on collision with rugged alternative rock charm. It's music made for cruising in a car with your elbows in the breeze, all clattering drums, infectious harmonies and neat tunes that's just irresistible. --Ben Clancy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Swaggart's Army June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
C'est très belle... ce musique des Pornographers Noveaux...
Perfect power pop, lush, electric Brian Wilson business here. Beyond that, out of the sandbox and onto the freeway. How many more 'windows-rolled-down-stereo-cranked-through-the-roof-as-you-and-your-special-lady-roll-westward-across-the-river-down-highway-20' images need I conjure? Beautfiul. This record makes you feel good AND it's witty and has roughly 8 hooks per song. Must be a law in British Columbia to have x hooks per track. Bless BC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ear candy Jan. 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
OK, this is like one of your parents reviewing the CD, most likely, but this music triggers memories of a lot of old bands that only us old folks remember. I don't care much for most of the overly-sanitized pop-rock of the last few years, but none of it sounds very much like this CD to me. The New Pornographers bring back the pseudo-psychedelic vocal harmonies of late 1960's AM pop music and use it in as original a way as one can when borrowing old ideas and mixing them with 21st century instrumentation and production. If you're old enough that the Vines or Hives evoke the early Kinks or Who, then you're old enough that the New Pornographers may evoke something more similar to a mad blend of the Cowsills, the Mamas and Papas, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, and a dozen one-hit wonders.
This CD does remind me of others who have invented new music with skills reminiscent of and perhaps superior to that of the Beatles, but who wound up on the ash heap of music history having gone from a year of respect to being jokes. Does anyone remember The Knack being compared to the Beatles way back when? Hearing this CD reminds me of hearing the early Bangles on a college radio station, back when they were an indie group with the 80's version, to many, of Beatle-esque skill in songwriting, playing, and singing. All that's left now may be "My Sharona" and "Walk Like an Egyptian" and bad VH1 specials, but there's something great about truly skilled pop musicians getting together and recording, whether they're ever appreciated for it or not. So those two bands reminded people of the Beatles at one time. The B-52's and Go-Go's reminded some of mid-1960's surf music, mutated in the new wave years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Pop July 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant CD through & through. Great pop songs - some of the best crafted, ever. If you are a fan of well-written, well-played, well-sung indie pop, then this is an album you have to have in your collection. I'd heard of Neko Case before, but I was never a fan of her alt-country thing, but with The New Pornographers, I'd rate her right up there with the likes of Deborah Harry or Belinda Carlisle (which is actually a compliment for those connoisseurs of 80's New Wave).
The album as a whole is genius because each song works well together, but at the same time could easily be from different artists. It's a tricky thing to come by; Shudder To Think is the only other band I can think of that pulls it off well.
"Letter From An Occupant" is the stand-out song on the album, in my opinion, but all the songs are catchy. Sure, it can be a little sugary & jingle-jangle guitar isn't for every one, but for fans of pop (especially the variety of mid-to-late 80's indie pop) every song is a winner.
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The New Pornographers make the kind of music you thought no one made anymore. A rare balance of noise and melody, full of alternative energy, pop hooks, crunching guitars, lo-fi keyboards, and hyperactive drums. The songs have great titles like "The Slow Descent into Alcoholism" and "Centre for Holy Wars". The lyrics are nonsensical in a They Might Be Giants way, with throwaway gems like "the bruises on my legs from kicking pills" and "Visualize success, but don't believe your eyes". At any time, a song may stop for a sing-along on a repeated line like "Salvation whole-life central" or "Hope grows greener than grass stains". "Letter from an Occupant" is one of the greatest singles you've never heard (it did show up in the movie "Serendipity"), with alt-country singer Neko Case providing a wailing vocal. Other highlights include "Mass Romantic", "The Slow Descent into Alcoholism", "The Body Says No", and "Centre for Holy Wars", and there's nothing remotely close to a bad song on the CD. It's one of those albums that you thank your lucky stars that you somehow found out it existed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god I found this Dec 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
I cannot explain in words the pure beauty of this album. Ever since MTV fell into the hands of corporate pop-demons I waited for the next big band. It took me a while to realize MTV had given up on music and sold its soul. When I realized they were they enemey and everything I hated, I went searching for music I could love. I had a love for classic rock and wanted to hear some pure music. My gateway to the indie world was via the storkes, several months later I find myself reading reviews for "new pornographers". You hear the name...and you think, interesting! Some might shy away, but I knew the name must have genius behind it. At first spin I was addicted to this CD. New Pornographers are simply amazing. They mix the beauty of Rush with an indie sense of now and a dedicated sound of the 70s that gets stuck in your head. I cant help but feel better when I listen to this record no matter what events I face. Music I love is music I can live with, and i'm not sure if I can live without this album now. It is a true addiction and love. I'm not sure if the market deserves something this great, and I'm so scared that the music industry will get its hands on these guys and turn them into Creed or something horrible...but for the love of god get this CD, see them in concert, and do everything you can to support what may be the greatest indie rock, if not the greatest CD made this year. Turst me on this, its addictive!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, unpretentious music.
A great idea comes to fruition. This is a good first effort from this collective and having Neko Case as a secret weapon never hurts!
Published on April 30 2004 by Scott Fendley
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still in awe...
This is the best CD I own, hands-down. Neko Case's incredible voice, the brilliant mixture of guitars and electric keyboards are just amazing. Read more
Published on April 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Indie Pop Rock with all the right parts
Power Pop that is both worthy of your time and enjoyable throughout. This rereleased version (now on Matador) really is an excellent display of musical arrangements and a fine mix... Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by JDB
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
After listening to this album numerous times, I am still amazed by it. Maybe it's Neko Case's enchanting voice, or the nonsensical lyrics. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars just try not to like this
i bought this album with a gift certificate, so i pretty much took a chance on it since it really wasn't my own money. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Brent Chapman
1.0 out of 5 stars a forgettable stinker
I think this CD was on my recommendations list. That will teach me to buy something without listening to it first. Ugh. Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by chris romano
5.0 out of 5 stars rated # 9 on pitchforkmedia's top 20 of '01
If the music of Vancouver's best and brightest had made its way to the ears of Jimmy Swaggart, the Christian televangelist would never have dubbed music "the "new pornography. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by treblekicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Where've all sensations gone?
This is not only one of the best albums the 2000's has yet produced, but quite simply one of the most infectiously brilliant (or brilliantly infectious--whichever you prefer)... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2003 by "jtoism"
5.0 out of 5 stars infectious!
Fantastic CD full of some of fine power-pop. The songs are totally infectious and will stick in your head for days. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003
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