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A.C. Newman's third solo LP reaches back to bygone pop classics for its soft tones and lush, inviting textures. Newman evokes artists like Bread and Gerry Rafferty (whose track "Baker Street" Newman cites as an "obsession" during recording) as much as The Shins and Belle & Sebastian, with Newman subjecting pillowy choruses and sweet melodies to the warm, spacious production he uses on his solo records. Inspired by life-changing events like birth (his son) and death (his mother), Newman has written poignant songs without holding much back. The warm burbles of organ and gentle cascades of acoustic guitar and clarinet notes make fine foundations for his emotional expressions. On the bubbly and winsome "I'm Not Talking" and the ghostly waltz "You Could Get Lost Out Here," one can feel the uncertainty that likely beleaguers all new parents: a mixture of joy and fear accompanied by the startling knowledge that everything has changed forever. The title track is a moving, lilting piece about grief. One of Newman's many gifts is letting the listener in on his secrets while giving us the space to live with our own.

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Beautiful

A.C. Newman's work as a solo artist and as leader of the New Pornographers is testament to his genius for melody, harmony and arrangement, his immersion in pop music history. But for the first time, on this album, his lyrics achieve a kind of clarity and relatively easy comprehension, so this album will appeal as strongly to your heart as to your head. Fine work.

EXCELLENT RETURN!

I've been a fan of AC since his first album and have seen him on numerous occasions but I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with his second album.
This is a true return of force and I believe this might be his best yet.

"You could get lost out here" is probably my favorite tune but really all are really well done and the album flows well.
Great from start to finish!

With a bow to --

Nick Lowe. (Not a bad thing, by the way.)

Biography

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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