- Record Label: Concord
- Release Date: Sep 27, 2019
Sep 30, 2019In the Morse Code of Brake Lights has a tone of thematic consistency that isn't always apparent in a New Pornographers album, but with this group, music has always carried more weight than lyrics, and on that level, it's an especially strong effort from an act that's never been short on stylistic ambition.
Sep 27, 2019The sheer, exhilarating high of early albums is gone, as is the laser focus pushing through to the end of songs. There are more sideways glances, more pauses. They can sprint when they need to, but not forever. This release proves that they don't have to anymore.
Oct 2, 2019Case and Newman trade lines, finish each other’s thoughts, reveal the unspoken meanings of the songs; they’re old friends who find sustenance in each other’s presence. The essential humanity at the heart of this relationship offsets the dread that flows throughout In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, and gently leads the record toward something resembling hope.
MojoSep 24, 2019Morse Code is more concerned with our collective lost soul rather than individual anxiety. [Nov 2019, p.86]
Positive: 4 out of 4
Mixed: 0 out of 4
Negative: 0 out of 4
Sep 28, 2019Well, after 3 listens I was hooked. Completely hooked. I like this one better than Whiteout Conditions.
Yes I miss Dan and Kurt, even ifWell, after 3 listens I was hooked. Completely hooked. I like this one better than Whiteout Conditions.
Yes I miss Dan and Kurt, even if Joe brings a new dynamic that I like, but really, there's still plenty of hooks and talent on every song here. I give it a 9 because the mix is a little too dense for my taste on some songs, but all else is firing on all cylinders. Wonderful set of songs that keeps the group evolving while being instantly recognisable as TNP, can't ask for more.… Expand
Sep 30, 2019Really solid album from one of the most consistent bands. It feels refreshingly straightforward, even though the arrangements are dense andReally solid album from one of the most consistent bands. It feels refreshingly straightforward, even though the arrangements are dense and chaotic, which is a nice trick. There's always a sense of exuberance on Porno's records, but here it is undercut with lyrics that tackle our collective anxieties and sense of impending doom head on. The record as a whole doesn't hit with the same immediacy as Brill Bruisers or Whiteout Conditions, but parts of it feel refreshingly like the band we first heard on Mass Romantic and The Electric Version, a sense of meanings and concepts and instruments all clashing together in new ways. I wish there was a bit more for Case to do, and as always I really with Bejar would come back into the fold. But even without him, this stands with the best of their work. 9/10 Listen to "Surprise Knock", "Need Some Giants", and "One Kind of Solomon".… Expand
Feb 4, 2020I'm a fairly recent fan.... and I must say this is a new level of ambition for them. "Dense' arrangements at least display a high level ofI'm a fairly recent fan.... and I must say this is a new level of ambition for them. "Dense' arrangements at least display a high level of craft when they are not hook laden, a pleasure for headphone listening. I have fun with strange lyrics that mix a sense enigma with new uses for common phrases... it's just very full and displays a lot of work and imagination. I can't stop replay in my mind for choruses of 'New Backseat Driver' and "Falling Down the Stairs of your Smile', the latter has one of the best, deceptively easy-listening styled, intros of all time.… Expand
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