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Get Guilty

A.C. Newman

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Whether with his band the New Pornographers or here on his second solo album, 2009's Get Guilty, Carl Newman brings his particular psychedelic slant on power pop to the fore. The arrangements reveal an intrigue that spans from the smooth, graceful harmonies of the Beach Boys to the trippy, ornamental touches of the Flaming Lips all grounded in a post-punk velocity that never falters. The grumbling guitar strums underneath "The Heartbreak Rides" perfectly counterbalance the L.A. sunshine suggested by Newman's aching, pure vocal. A kaleidoscope of sound follows Newman down each avenue, so tunes such as "The Palace at 4 AM," "Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer," and "Submarines of Stockholm" shimmer with layers of guitar, keyboards, backing vocals and random sound washes, all wrapped into a tight, concise package. While Newman has proved extremely prolific, he's also shown a strong attention to quality control. There are no throwaways, no tossed-off asides. Every song is given the full treatment, with strong melodies given their room to flourish.

Customer Reviews

I got guilty...

I love this record. Everytime I listen to it, it grows on me more and more. Newman's arrangements are catchy, beautiful and whimsical. A great follow up to the brillant, 'Slow Wonder'.

love the sound of our boisterous voices

there are some pretty scathing reviews written on what i feel is a pretty original effort. the ole adage goes, art influences art. So it sounds like three of the greatest albums of the past 50 years, is this a negative? Not comparing this to any three of them, just saying that an artist that takes influences from the greatest are cool with me. AC Newman's music (much like his cohort crew, New Pornographers) is like tuna sandwhiches; there are no fence sitters, either you are for it, or your against it. if there was a 3 and half star option, i'd hop on it, but i go 4 to offset those who are quick to judge and quicker to dismiss.

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Carl,(if indeed that is your real name)we all love "Odessey and Oracle",and "Pet Sounds" and "Sgt Pepper".We also all have them in our record collections,so there's no need for you to keep remaking them 40 years later with your inferior songs.Do something new,thats what creativity is,not copying someone else...that being said,your command of pro tools is stunning


Born: April 14, 1968

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vancouver-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Allan Carl Newman broke into the Canadian music scene in the early '90s as a member of alternative rock/grunge outfit Superconductor. A longer stint with power pop group Zumpano followed in the mid-'90s, resulting in two well-received albums, Look What the Rookie Did and Goin' Through Changes, but it wasn't until Newman formed the New Pornographers in 2000 that his hook-filled guitar pop anthems became staples of the crowded 21st century indie rock...
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