iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Heaven Is for Easy Girls by The Awkward Stage, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Heaven Is for Easy Girls

The Awkward Stage

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

Shane Nelken is a fixture in the Vancouver pop scene, playing with A.C. Newman, Sparrow, and Vancouver Nights as well as appearing in the New Pornographers' "Use It" video. The Awkward Stage is Nelken's project, along with NP drummer Kurt Dahle, and their debut, Heaven Is for Easy Girls, is a prototypical Vancouver indie rock record. Which makes it something quite special for lovers of smart, hooky guitar pop. The sound of Heaven is built around a tight rhythm section and tough-sounding guitars sprinkled with near-perfect amounts of horns, key, and percussion. The arrangements are simple, but little surprises like the classical piano coda on "So Stupid, So Smart," the triumphant trumpet and Association-styled backing vocals on "We're Going for a Ride," or the vocal choir on "T-Rexia Nervosa" give the proceedings a substantial bump up in quality. Some of the other bands in Nelken's circle could take a hint from he and Dahle's inventive arrangements. Nelken's lyrics are unfailingly witty and delivered in about as warm and intimate a voice you'll hear; he nails the rockers head on and emotes convincingly on the ballads. Every song on the record is a winner, but the best songs stack up to the best Vancouver has to offer. "The Morons Are Winning," the lovely piano ballad "West Van Girl," "I Love You Hipster Darling," and "The Room Tone" are all destined to be in heavy rotation, and if you can listen to the title track and not end up with the hook stuck in your head all day, you are made of strong stuff indeed. Heaven Is for Easy Girls is the kind of record that will leave you with a warm feeling inside and a goofy grin on your face; it also lends more credence to the belief that Vancouver is the center of the guitar pop universe.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Not only does just about everyone in the New Pornographers have their own bands, it's getting to the point where the members of those offshoot bands have their own projects. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Shane Nelken is not actually a member of the New Pornographers, but he played piano on leader A.C. Newman's solo record The Slow Wonder. He's also the bassist in Sparrow, the band led by Newman's former bandmate Jason Zumpano, and in Vancouver Nights, a Belle & Sebastian-like...
Full bio
Heaven Is for Easy Girls, The Awkward Stage
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.

Contemporaries