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Editors’ Notes

Obsessing not just over the usual '60s icons, the New Pornographers have made a career as power-pop favorites by positing that the following decade's hit-makers - Wings, the Cars, Sweet - are equally worthy role models. Twin Cinema, their third album, follows its predecessors' blend of tightly packed hooks and often Dadaist lyrics while tweaking the formula in little ways. Neko Case's vocals, both solo and in support of her bandmates, are typically incandescent; she's joined here by new keyboardist-singer Kathryn Calder. Though the order of the day is usually smashingly upbeat concoctions like "Jackie, Dressed in Cobras" and "Use It," Twin Cinema also excels at wistful balladry such as the Kinks-worthy "Bleeding Heart Show." The band's musical momentum seems likely to grow after this excellent album.

Customer Reviews


This is one of the best albums I've heard in a while. In some ways, they have a "wall of sound" like quality. At first, they reminded me of Polyphonic Spree, but they definately have a song all their own. The Bleeding Heart Show, at under 4 and a half minutes, has about 10 brilliant musical ideas. It's a diverse album, with different singers, tempos and moods. I can't recommend it enough.

Not as good as previous albums, but pretty damn good

When I first picked up "Twin Cinema", I was expecting something along the lines of the last New Pornographers album, "The Electric Version". However, it seems that Carl Newman, Neko Case and the gang have gone with a bit softer, mellower approach to their music. The title track and the first single "Use It" are two tracks that stand out from the rest of the album, but everything else is good as well.


...and that, by the way, is a GOOD thing. This album is like Janes Addiction, Phil Spector and ABBA getting together, doing LSD and some steroids (not that i would know what that's like!) then hitting the studio for a few days. It's melodic, aggressive, confusing, poetic, annoying, totally gratifying, and FANTASTIC! My favorite song was The Jessica Numbers simply because its lyrics and melody are married so perfectly together and flow so beautifully that you completely forget about the fact that it makes no sense to anyone except the writer. Stacked Crooked is musical CRACK; oops, another drug reference...


Formed: 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Vancouver indie rock supergroup the New Pornographers feature the talents of Zumpano's Carl Newman, the Evaporators' John Collins, Destroyer's Dan Bejar, cartoonist/filmmaker Blaine Thurier, drummer Fisher Rose, and guest vocalist Neko Case. Newman began the band in 1996 as a lark after releasing Zumpano's Goin' Through Changes; one by one, the other members joined the fold, and the New Pornographers' first official rehearsal took place in 1997. By the following year, the group had completed...
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