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Thursday, April 29, 2010

First Listen: The New Pornographers

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM

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I don't know about you, but my S.A.D. has kicked into overdrive with this shit weather, and I've been ready for some fizzy lifting drinks news. Enter NPR to coax me from the edge, with a first listen of The New Pornographers latest album Together in its entirety. Mega posi vocals all aglow with bubbly melodies and shimmering but cleverly-crafted lyrics sweet talk me into those springtime feel-good feelings.

One song that trips me up though is "My Shepherd" as it swerves in the way of God-rock: "You made me / You're my lord / You're my shepherd." But I'm pretty sure that's just metaphor/hyperbole? Clarification, readers, is very welcome. The cover art is also a bit misleading with the snowflakes and winter wonderland imagery, because this album is all about warm worlds that inspire and praise us.

I suggest you shimmy on over to NPR for some sunny days; Together streams until its release on Tuesday, May 4.

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