Get Guilty - A.C. Newman
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  • Summary: This is the second solo album for the New Pornographers' Carl Newman.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Get Guilty is a stirring set of memorable power-pop, given a personal spin via Newman's habit of delivering hard-to-parse pronouncements, like some kind of mad-eyed, curiously convincing soothsayer.
  2. On his second solo outing, New Pornographers main man Carl Newman gives a master class on how to merge melody and classic song structures without making music that sounds dated or retro.
  3. Anyone who can craft a record that sounds and feels as good as Get Guilty deserves to keep on making records forever.
  4. Get Guilty is unlikely to bust Carl Newman out beyond his inherited fan-base but neither is it likely to disappoint those listening out for more-of-the-same, albeit with obvious but not crippling disadvantages.
  5. Get Guilty isn't quite as consistent as a typical Pornographers record, but the arrangements are lusher. And like all Newman records, it shows off his smarts and maintains a strong hook quotient.
  6. 60
    The songs here reveal their author's love of The Beattles, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Elton John et al, and confirm Newman's growing status as college rock's most tasteful magpie. [Apr 2009, p.91]
  7. This disc comes off like an early home demo for a mediocre New Pornographers recording before all the bright colours and drama get added.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. JeffP
    Feb 9, 2009
    I think the album is a grower (took me two listens to totally dig it), but like most of Newman's music, once it catches on, it sticks and you can't get it out of your head. Also, with each listen, something new is discovered and a new song becomes my favorite each time. A.C. Newman once again proves he is one of the best songwriters of the decade. Dynamite album and the first great release of 2009. Expand
  2. DAVEG
    Jan 24, 2009
    How do the critics complain about this music? Great arrangements, lyrics, a tight band, and catchy songs-- this is almost unarguably an "A" album, even if it isn't quite as inspired some of Newman's previous work or push boundaries like some of his contemporaries. If you're looking for something to turn on while you shoot the breeze, give this a shot! Expand
  3. TylerK.
    Jan 22, 2009
    Not quite slow wonder, but well-crafted. Too many slow numbers.
  4. Jesse
    Jan 25, 2009
    A pleasant solo outing by this Canadian musical stalwart. Oh, why can't he move home?
  5. tomm.
    Feb 7, 2009
    Generally agree with cokemachineglow, but they got the review dead wrong with this effort. Similar in feel to the slow wonder, slower and more introspective than new pornographers, but hardly grasping for ideas. Expand
  6. EricC
    Mar 2, 2009
    I wasn't a big fan of the Porno's quieter sound on Challengers, and the first time I heard a few of these songs, I wasn't too hopeful. But now that I've spent some time with this album and actually dug in to Newman's subtle and honest songwriting, I'm definately going to be returning to Challengers. Newman doesn't get the credit he deserves for being one of indie's top songwriters, mainly because the artsy kids are too busy fawning over Dan Bejar (not that Bejar and Destroyer aren't awesome). But I hope this album, while not his best batch of songs, will help get him in the much deserved spotlight. Expand
  7. Christopher
    Jan 21, 2009
    Once again, this proves to me that Dan Bejar is the brains behind The New Pornographers. Very disappointing album.

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