Monday, December 31, 2007


#14 The New Pornographers - Challengers

Around this time in 2005 I was wondering what the big deal was with their last release "Twin Cinema." I gave it a few tries back then and just could not get into it. I don't know what happened between then and now but their most recent release, "Challengers" grew on me instantly. The use of many different vocalists and the harmonies that result make for a fun listening experience. Lyrically, this is a great album and I notice more every time I listen. The variety of styles and instrumentation on the album also makes for an interesting listening experience. The songs range from rocking songs to softer female lead folky tunes. The female voices on the album are outstanding and really carry the album.

All The Old Showstoppers

Favorite Lyrics:
“Until I see you around
Until we clear the accounts
Leave it there
Leave it to us
We are the challengers of
The unknown”

“Yes a heart will always go one step too far
Come the morning and the four corners I see
What the moral of the back story could be
Come with me, go places
And a heart will always stay one day too long
Always hoping for the hot flashes to come
For the glue to dry on our new creation
Come with me, go places
Come head on, full circle
Our arms fill with miracles
Play hearts, kid, they work well
Like classics play aces
Stay with me, go places
Once more for the ages
Yes a heart should always go one step too far
Come the morning and the day winding like dreams
Come the morning every blue shade of green
Come with me, go places”

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