Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The New Pornographers - Challengers

After a lot of middling rewiews the hype around the latest New Pornographers album has seemingly died down. Why then, if this album is just so-so, does it keep returning to my stereo? Much has been said about the relatively toned down approach the band has taken this time out and it seems to lend itself well to repeated listening. Whereas previous albums were the aural equivelant of standing underneath a piƱata as it breaks, Challengers is dense and layered like a rich desert. Besides Dan Bejar turns out what could be my favorite song lyric of the year: "I walked into the local record store/and asked for an American music anthology/It sounds fun."

If you haven't done so already, check out two tracks from Challengers via Matador.



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