User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

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  1. MiloM
    Jul 3, 2003
    9
    If this doesn't reach you, you really *are* dead to the world. The Bejar stuff is ok, particularly "Chump Change", but I'm humming the Newman powerpop pieces incessantly -- can't get enough.
  2. LukeM.
    May 14, 2003
    4
    The hooks on this album all seem like they should take hold, but then they don't. The songs are well-constructed, but end up sounding the same and like weaker versions of the stuff on the great "Mass Romantic."
  3. IanG
    Jan 8, 2004
    9
    As good as Mass Romantic IMO, with 'All For Swinging You Around' the highlight, one of the best feel-good songs I've ever heard. 'Miss Teen Wordpower' and 'The Laws Have Changed' aren't far behind, while 'Testament To Youth In Verse' is this album's Execution Day (i.e. skip-fodder).
  4. BenD
    Sep 23, 2005
    9
    With song after song of bouncy pop goodness, Electirc Version will brighten up anyone's day.
  5. Jared
    Feb 20, 2006
    10
    Maybe not so Duh! that it's a 10 but this band to me is perfection.
  6. GinaP
    Apr 12, 2007
    10
    Beyond amazing album. Althogh it has their usual sound, you don't hear what you would expect to. They put more "umph" into this album. Carl Newman has never sounded better.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. This is fun, fun, fun stuff -- one of the year’s best albums, no doubt.
  2. Electric Version does little to alter the successful New Pornographers formula. It's a longer, louder and (most importantly) more assured album than its predecessor, but if you liked Mass Romantic, you won't be disappointed. And if you disliked Mass Romantic, you may have a difficult time telling the two albums apart.
  3. Alternative Press
    80
    The kind of album that functions as both background BBQ beat and windows-down sing-along. [Jul 2003, p.112]