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  • Summary: The latest album for The New Pornographers features guest appearances by Beirut's Zach Condon, Annie Clark, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, and some members of The Dap-Kings.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Together is the flawless execution of can't-shake-loose melodies, genius arrangements (oh, those group harmonies!) and production that leaves you energized.
  2. Together is paced excellently at a little over 44 minutes, feels like half of that, and not a single song warrants a skip.
  3. The album finds the Vancouver collective making only subtle yet effective changes to the way it does business while the songs remain as sturdy and taut as ever; it's one of the most reliable releases you're likely to encounter this year.
  4. Despite the distinct musical talents involved, Together is surprisingly as its name suggests--cohesive.
  5. Although their fifth album has plenty to satisfy orchestral-rock geeks and hook-heads--especially the ecstatic, merry-g-round-dizzy "up In The Dark"--the collection shines when it goes for nuance and subtlety. [Jun 2010, p.108]
  6. In its crunchy guitars, rich harmonies and fist-pumping choruses, there's a warmth and positivity that, while occasionally too smooth, shows an admirable disregard for current trends. [Jun 2010, p.128]
  7. 40
    With each album, the Canadian collective's mix of '70s rock and nursery rhyme harmonies gets less raucous and more predictable. [June 2010, p. 94]

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  1. Aug 13, 2010
    9
    The critics have got it wrong. This is certainly in the same league as Twin Cinema but it is more consistent and there are absolute gems likeThe critics have got it wrong. This is certainly in the same league as Twin Cinema but it is more consistent and there are absolute gems like We End Up Together, Crash Years and at least three other tracks that rank with any of the best NP songs. A band of geniuses writing and arranging as well as they ever have. Collapse