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Customer Reviews

You're asking me to believe in so many things...

Since you all already know the splendors of Bejar's "The Spirit of Giving" I'll pitch that the two B-sides are the real treasure here. "Joseph, Who Understood" is a tiny miracle in its own right, staging a three-minute small town drama about skepticism, faith, sexual insecurity, and impossible hope with beautiful pop hooks, a delightfully baroque arrangement, and lovely male-female harmonies. The cover/medley of Chilliwack's "Arms of Mary" also plays on some hilariously uncomfortable double-entendres of desire and reverence (as mentioned by another reviewer) and ends with a quiet and yet joyously noisy coda.

Awesome EP

I think Track Three is maybe talking about Mary Magdelene

Great song!

Joseph, Who Understood is an incredible song! Acoustic guitar, harmonies, familiar NP voices... It's a great holiday song!


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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