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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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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


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

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4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1 out of 5 stars
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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 Sing Along Loudly Because You Can't Help It Jan. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
It is amazing to me the number of reviews I have read of this album in which people sound disappointed by it's sound and content. My guess is these people expected something a little more akin to Neko Case and her country ways, not a utopian pop record that sounds remarkably like every great 80's guitar pop song ever recorded. Chunky guitars and sing it loud vocals abound ala the Cars and Blondie while Neko and friends sound like they are having the time of their lives. Don't try to put this one on for background music though -- you can't help but pay attention and might even find yourself dancing around.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, unpretentious music. April 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still in awe... April 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. "Mass Romantic" and "Letter From An Occupant" are amazing power-pop songs that display the capabilities of the band."Jackie" is one of my favorite songs, it shows that band doesn't even need Neko Case to shine. If you don't own this CD,you really shoudl go buy it right now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indie Pop Rock with all the right parts Feb. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 of lyrics with fitting sounds. Dan Bejar and Carl Newman make for strong group leaders while all the bandmembers fill each portion completely and that is the best part, the years it took to finish did not diminish the completed work. Strong debut effort, and a suitable precursor to the acclaimed followup.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Jan. 26 2004
By Danny
Format:Audio CD
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. But I think it's a combination of these, plus the New Pornographers' ability to write incredibly catchy and infectious songs, that become lodged in your head in a good way. There is not one bad song on the whole CD, and listening to it is pure fun. This is definitely one of my favorite albums, ever.
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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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