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  • Summary: This is the second solo album for the New Pornographers' Carl Newman.
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  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. As the album fades out to Newman and company singing, you feel drawn in to the song, much closer to the record than when you began. And that feeling is what makes Get Guilty fantastic.
  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. 70
    Get Guilty dwells on the past, and that pensive reflection mutes the second half, turning Newman's boast into a wistful memory.
  6. Get Guilty is best enjoyed in chunks, as nearly all the tracks are great pop songs. But a full listen through can be an ordeal.
  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
    9
    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 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
    8
    How do the critics complain about this music? Great arrangements, lyrics, a tight band, and catchy songs-- this is almost unarguably an "A" 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
    8
    Not quite slow wonder, but well-crafted. Too many slow numbers.
  4. Jesse
    Jan 25, 2009
    8
    A pleasant solo outing by this Canadian musical stalwart. Oh, why can't he move home?
  5. tomm.
    Feb 7, 2009
    8
    Generally agree with cokemachineglow, but they got the review dead wrong with this effort. Similar in feel to the slow wonder, slower and 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
    8
    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 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
    6
    Once again, this proves to me that Dan Bejar is the brains behind The New Pornographers. Very disappointing album.

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