Mass Romantic - The New Pornographers
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  • Summary: This Vancouver, Canada-based indie-rock supergroup features members of Limblifter, Zumpano and Destroyer and is fronted by Neko Case.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Mass Romantic more than repays any musical debt owed by the good people of Canada. In fact, it’s going to take some pretty strong efforts by America's best and brightest to match The New Pornographers' achievements here.
  2. The New Pornographers have made such a great album, tuneful, overdosed with hooks, that all the past sins of our Northern neighbors are forgiven. Well, maybe not Rush, but close.
  3. It's an album that reveals its charms through repeat listens, and makes a listener wonder how the band can master so many different musical styles via so many vocalists while still maintaining a fiercely cohesive sound.
  4. Their peppy, gleeful, headstrong guitar pop sounds a hell of a lot like yesteryear's Britpop.
  5. 80
    A record that's certain to be name-checked by pop savants 20 years from now.
  6. They borrow from Cheap Trick, the Beach Boys, Big Star, Roxy Music, Buzzcocks, and Robyn Hitchcock, and concoct a dizzying potion that sounds remarkably fresh and unlike anything that's come before it.
  7. A rather erratic affair. [Apr 2002, p.119]

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. StaticShock
    Dec 13, 2005
    10
    outstanding album
  2. AndyS
    Jan 31, 2005
    10
    This is just such a catchy peice that it's hard to find fault with it. I hate to be one of those people who use 10 out of 10, but I'm just astounded there's no way to put more than 9 otherwise. Some of the songs are just so genius and far from what everyone else is making. Compare this to any other indie band, and you'll find that this is much more fun. Jackie is a plain old clever song with a dark undertone, but the song is still fun. Slow Decent is a brilliant song that is just so happy you might be tempted to not notice the darker lyrics. It's such a wide range of emotions at the same time; although that's true of the whole album. And the underrated Fake Headlines is brilliant with its catchy melancholy.I The range of this album is amazing. Truly stellar. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2010
    10
    Strap in, put on some quality headphones, and hold on. Its a euphoric suffocation of the senses with brilliant, diverse, amazing songs ambitiously constructed that creates a magical sound rarely heard. The multi-textured songs with layers upon layers of vocals, rhythm, and melody playing hopscotch with each other, dazzles the mind at breakneck speed. A fascinating ride with brilliance. A must for any record collection that's worth a damn. Expand
  4. Jared
    Feb 20, 2006
    10
    Duh!
  5. JuB
    Sep 16, 2006
    10
    Simply a pop gem. It'll be a long while till someone puts out a pop album like this.
  6. JustinB.
    Sep 25, 2007
    10
    I see this album has only 8 critic reviews and it's an 87 which looks rather good until i look at the scores. No 100s! a 60!!!!?what the fuck? this is one of the best pop albums you will ever hear. Expand
  7. May 31, 2011
    9
    i loved it. i give it 9 out of 10. i loved the song the body says no. and execution day. as well as mystery hours and to wild homes. it was a near perfect album. great record. catchy ass songs Expand

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