ARTIST: New Pornographers
TITLE: Electric Version
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: #196
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: From Blown Speakers, The Laws Have Changed
LINEUP: AC Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Blaine Thurier, Kurt Dahle, Todd Fancey, Nora O’Connor
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Altrock royalties second album improves on their debut with some diversity while keeping the whimsy and camaraderie.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, anything with Neko Case is going to sound magical, but she’s part of a group here – a group that definitely sounds like its having fun playing songs by AC Newman and Dan Bejar.
The loose-knit collective (as in, they just get together when they can, and tour with whoever can) definitely hits its stride here. While Newman’s songs have his trademark on them, the playing by the band is such that it’s not just sidemen on a solo album. Bejar’s songs are a bit away from Destroyer as well.
The choruses are hooky, the melodies are memorable, and there’s musical twists and turns and interesting arrangements and production galore. A definite hit (except that whole sales thing…)
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Rolling Stone said this was the 79th best record of the 2000’s.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Japan, of course
GRADE A: You can’t argue with hooks and melodies like this.