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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