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Get Guilty (Bonus Track Version)

A.C. Newman

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Whether with his band the New Pornographers or here on his second solo album, 2009's Get Guilty, Carl Newman brings his particular psychedelic slant on power pop to the fore. The arrangements reveal an intrigue that spans from the smooth, graceful harmonies of the Beach Boys to the trippy, ornamental touches of the Flaming Lips all grounded in a post-punk velocity that never falters. The grumbling guitar strums underneath "The Heartbreak Rides" perfectly counterbalance the L.A. sunshine suggested by Newman's aching, pure vocal. A kaleidoscope of sound follows Newman down each avenue, so tunes such as "The Palace at 4 AM," "Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer," and "Submarines of Stockholm" shimmer with layers of guitar, keyboards, backing vocals and random sound washes, all wrapped into a tight, concise package. While Newman has proved extremely prolific, he's also shown a strong attention to quality control. There are no throwaways, no tossed-off asides. Every song is given the full treatment, with strong melodies given their room to flourish.

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Make of this what you will...

From the bombast and melancholy of “There are maybe ten or twelve things” to the final promissory notes of “All of My Days…” the songs on Newman’s second solo album are more textured, grandiose, and enigmatic than “The Slow Wonder”—very much keeping with the direction of “Twin Cinema” and “Challengers.” Fleetwood Mac-isms, psychedelic reverse effects, e-bowed guitars, and jaunty yo-ho’s, la-la’s, and other such utopian submarine crew refrains echo throughout these well-crafted and catchy mid-tempo power pop numbers. Nothing shockingly new here, and yet plenty of surprises to pull-in and reward the attentive listener.

Great album but waiting for iTunes Plus version

As much as I like The New Pornographers (I have all their discography) and A.C. Newman, as well, I'm holding off purchasing this album until the iTunes Plus version is available. No more DRM for me, and I'm not going to dish out another $3.00 for the upgrade. In another couple of months, everything at iTunes will be DRM-free. Better hurry Apple or I'll buy it someplace else, but I want the bonus track, available only at iTunes. I hate exclusive deals!

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As if Inauguration Day wasn't fine enough, the new album by Herr Newman made it even better! Support GOOD music, America! Buy this thing!

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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