Wednesday, January 13, 2010

TK #13: New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (2005)

The apotheosis of power pop in the new century, this (predominantly) Canadian collective marries a twitchy indie sensibility to the classic verities of ELO and Cheap Trick to create songs that crackle and hiss with melodies that navigate hairpin turns at breakneck speeds. They have aching, arching balladry down cold (check Neko Case’s vocal on “These Are the Fables”), but their trademark is the three- or four-minute sonic boom, and few songs this decade have detonated as successfully as “Sing Me Spanish Techno.”

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