The Spirit of Giving - EP
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||The Spirit of Giving||The New Pornographers||4:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Joseph, Who Understood||The New Pornographers||3:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Arms of Mary / Looking At a Baby||The New Pornographers||3:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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.
I think Track Three is maybe talking about Mary Magdelene
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
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
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