13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Etienne-Jules Marey ,

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.

Himym 😊😀😃😄 ,

Awesome song

How I met your mother!!!!! :D

CPK80 ,

Buy It!

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!

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