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