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Monday, October 10, 2005

Review: The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic

While I recognize the talent and cleverness that went into making Mass Romantic I also have no reason to listen to it again. I'd recommend it to someone I think might like it, but that's not me. It's five times as cute as it is clever, and it's seemingly made by people who only claim their love of The Archies is Ironic, and who can both differentiate between Belle & Sebastian songs and stay awake in the process.

The cd opens well enough with "Mass Romantic", even with it's "Feelin' Groovy" fa la la's. Someone wrote that "The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism" sounded like Bowie. Maybe Stanley Bowie, but not David. It's a glam meets Beatles number, and "Jean Genie" only fits half the bill. The songs aren't bad - it just seems it would appeal to people who think 90s bands were a lot better than 80s and 70s bands.

In this category I much prefer The Anniversary's Designing A Nervous Breakdown. Maybe to New Pornographers fans they're in no way alike but I know better because I write a blog. And I delete dissenting comments. (moo-ha-ha)


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