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The New Pornographers
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August 20, 2007

'Challengers' continues The New Pornographers' signature multi-layered sound with greater epic sweep and wider sonic diversity. Less frenetically jaunty than its predecessors but still encapsulating pure summer joy, this album will impress the existing fans and convert the uninitiated. Recorded for the first time largely outside bassist John Collins' Vancouver jc/dc studio, 'Challengers' is their most organic-sounding record, reflecting a conscious decision to use less 'beepy synth' and almost entirely 'real' instruments (in addition to those listed above, they recruited an entire string section - who have played with Sufjan Stevens - plus harp, flute, and more). Main songwriter and de facto band leader, A.C. ('Carl') Newman has enjoyed a fruitful musical career, from the seminal sub pop band Zumpano in the '90s to his phenomenal solo debut in 'The Slow Wonder' in 2004. For all the good-times vibe of his band The New Pornographers, he likes his alone time. Other prominent vocals on the record come from regular Pornographers contributor, the incredibly talented Neko Case. the most appealing aspect of this band is the multi-layered vocal harmonies so everyone gets a shot at the limelight. Some of Neko's highlights on this record include title-track 'Challengers' and the exquisite 'Go Places'.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 My Rights Versus Yours 4:17 Buy

    My Rights Versus Yours

  2. 2 All The Old Showstoppers 4:08 Buy

    All The Old Showstoppers

  3. 3 Challengers 3:31 Buy


  4. 4 Myriad Harbour 4:00 Buy

    Myriad Harbour

  5. 5 All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth 3:08 Buy

    All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth

  6. 6 Failsafe 2:37 Buy


  7. 7 Unguided 6:33 Buy


  8. 8 Entering White Cecilia 3:28 Buy

    Entering White Cecilia

  9. 9 Go Places 4:32 Buy

    Go Places

  10. 10 Mutiny, I Promise You 4:12 Buy

    Mutiny, I Promise You

  11. 11 Adventures In Solitude 4:16 Buy

    Adventures In Solitude

  12. 12 The Spirit of Giving 4:01 Buy

    The Spirit of Giving

The New Pornographers

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