Friday, August 31, 2007

Rising to the Challenge

The first single from The New Pornographers' recently released Challengers is so good it bears posting again; I've thrown in a few other solid tracks from the new album to sweeten the deal.

The new album isn't as instantly catchy as 2005 release Twin Cinema - this one's a grower and somewhat understated. It's much more subtle, and aside from single 'My Rights, Versus Yours', offers little of the in-your-face hooks that defined previous efforts from the band. However, Challengers' songs blossom and grow with each listen. The album took me a while to get into, but now I can't get it out of my head.

- a.m.p.m.

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