The New Pornographers - Use It

By: Ian Mathers

Posted 08/08/2007 - 08:30:29 AM by knockturn:
 please can I have the time back it took me to read this. I pity myself.
Posted 08/08/2007 - 09:43:14 AM by IanMathers:
 Nobody held a gun to your head. It's sad you wasted even more of your time bothering to comment, though - it shows poor decision making skills.
Posted 08/08/2007 - 10:38:39 AM by stephenbush:
 If you're spending $25 per album, Ian, then you really ought to find a new place to buy music...I don't think anything is worth $25 these days.
Posted 08/08/2007 - 11:04:56 AM by mirakle:
 I think he might mean Canadian. I liked this, probably because I bought the album entirely on the strength of Use It. Also the fact that Neko Case was on it, which means I probably won't buy the new album.
Posted 08/08/2007 - 12:06:11 PM by Garret:
 Shit yeah, "Kennel District."
Posted 08/08/2007 - 01:49:38 PM by umcloud:
 I think that the elusive "stone-cold classic" could be achieved by smashing Mass Romantic and Electric Version together, "Playing God" style. Mass Romantic is on my shortlist of "most front-loaded albums ever" - the first half of the album is nearly flawless, with the glaring exception of "Jackie" (thanks a ton, Bejar). Of the six songs on the back half, only "The Body Says No" comes close to this level of quality ("Execution Day" is a good try, but the song is frankly a mess). So yeah, plug the hole left by "Jackie" with "Body" and you've got a killer side A. The A-grade songs in Electric Version are a little better spread out, in that they actually saved two of them for the end of the album. The first four tracks are all in, along with "The New Face of Zero and One", the lone gem amongst the middling middle section of this album. And then we come to the end - "July Jones" and "Miss Teen Wordpower" are fantastic songs, and great closers for both Electric Version and this here fantasy comp. So there you have it, the New Pornos "classic album", and incidentally the mix I'll be burning for people to introduce them to the band. I dub thee: "The Romantic Version".
Posted 08/08/2007 - 05:19:21 PM by IanMathers:
 I'm intrigued by your ideas, umcloud, considering I've only heard those two a few times and found them a bit lacking compared to Twin Cinema. And yeah, $25 refers to how much a copy of Mass Romantic would go for in the mall HMV back in the day, in Canadian. You might think that's ridiculous; I would agree, but I'm used to CDs being ludicrously expensive up here (and the exchange used to be more lopsided, don't forget).
Posted 08/08/2007 - 06:50:12 PM by garlad1:
 "Use it" was the first song to go directly to mix-tape after twin cinema came out. Great swinging 6/8 and great drums. I do like the 'Playing God' idea of making a classic out of their first 3 albums. Think about it, Rockpile never had a classic album: They had 2-3 great solo albums by Lowe and Edmunds, and 1 50/50 good/bad album at the end of their career. Add it up, remove the filler, and you got a classic in there somewhere.
Posted 08/08/2007 - 10:31:29 PM by yarn24:
 It's probably because I'm a little drunk and high but that first comment made me laugh so hard I nearly pissed myself. Also, Ian's reply was classic. I love the comments here on Stylus. Anyway, not a bad little essay, I mostly agree with Ian here. Twin Cinema is definitely there finest, most complete album to date. Electric Version probably has the highest highs though. Challengers is definitely a grower but I like it and would put it right around the same level as Electric Version and Mass Romantic. I'll stop now.
Posted 08/09/2007 - 04:15:13 AM by cinatyte:
 Damn you, Ian Mathers! You're turning me against one of my favorite bands! umcloud, where is "All for Swinging You Around"? I agree that EV's midsection drags a bit, but that's one of their 2 or 3 best songs, hands down.