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Mass Romantic Import, Original recording remastered

4.1 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 7 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Mint
  • ASIN: B00005YXNR
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 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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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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By A Customer on 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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By A Customer on Jan. 16 2004
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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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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Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on 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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