Together - The New Pornographers
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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
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  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. Together is certainly far-reaching in its ambitions, and it often seems close to collapsing under the combined weight of all its collaborators, but it never falters, despite its dangerous dance. The New Pornographers have taken a risk in fussing with their sound, but in large part it's paid off beautifully.
  4. Despite the distinct musical talents involved, Together is surprisingly as its name suggests--cohesive.
  5. A.C. Newman wanted his band's fifth album to "bridge the gap between Led Zeppelin and [Sixties psych-soul band] the Fifth Dimension." Together doesn't quite pull that off, but it is the Canadian-American group's best since 2000's Mass Romantic.
  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. The Vancouver octet layers lavish string arrangements and huge group choruses over its trademark, idiosyncratic power-pop, smothering the listener in the process.

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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