Electric Version - The New Pornographers
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  • Summary: The Vancouver, Canada indie supergroup attempts to duplicate the success of 2000's 'Mass Romantic' with this sophomore release. Neko Case returns to handle vocal duties.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Electric Version may be a bit less delirious at times, but it's still christened with that same sort of mystical, pop-hook abracadabra that results in happily ingratiating tunes. [9 May 2003, p.76]
  2. It's every bit as good, if not better, than their first.
  3. The lyrics might not make much sense, and there's nothing groundbreaking here, but with songs as ridiculously catchy and fun as these, who cares?
  4. It's an album's worth of smart, solid pop music that lingers in the memory.
  5. The kind of album that functions as both background BBQ beat and windows-down sing-along. [Jul 2003, p.112]
  6. At their best, the New Pornographers effortlessly dress down emotional defenses and bestow, for at least a moment, simple joy.
  7. The main, fundamental problem with this album is that as good as the melodies are, it really does fall flat in trying to get you to feel anything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. GinaP
    Apr 12, 2007
    Beyond amazing album. Althogh it has their usual sound, you don't hear what you would expect to. They put more "umph" into this album. Carl Newman has never sounded better. Expand
  2. Jared
    Feb 20, 2006
    Maybe not so Duh! that it's a 10 but this band to me is perfection.
  3. MiloM
    Jul 3, 2003
    If this doesn't reach you, you really *are* dead to the world. The Bejar stuff is ok, particularly "Chump Change", but I'm humming the Newman powerpop pieces incessantly -- can't get enough. Expand
  4. BenD
    Sep 23, 2005
    With song after song of bouncy pop goodness, Electirc Version will brighten up anyone's day.
  5. IanG
    Jan 8, 2004
    As good as Mass Romantic IMO, with 'All For Swinging You Around' the highlight, one of the best feel-good songs I've ever heard. 'Miss Teen Wordpower' and 'The Laws Have Changed' aren't far behind, while 'Testament To Youth In Verse' is this album's Execution Day (i.e. skip-fodder). Expand
  6. LukeM.
    May 14, 2003
    The hooks on this album all seem like they should take hold, but then they don't. The songs are well-constructed, but end up sounding the same and like weaker versions of the stuff on the great "Mass Romantic." Expand

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