The New PornographersMore is more: That's the implicit credo of the New Pornographers. Masterminded by Carl Newman, the Pornographers are an army eight strong, most of whom have active careers of their own. Those careers sometimes conflict with tours, but for this initial round behind their excellent fifth album Together, all the principals are, uh, together. That means we'll get Dan Bejar, who records his own albums as Destroyer and whose knotty eccentricity provides three songs on each Pornos album ("Silver Jenny Dollar" is one of Together's highlights). And Neko Case, who forsakes her own beautifully sober solo work to add her powerhouse voice to the Pornographers' extroverted pop ("Crash Years" is her best of show). And, of course, Newman, whose solo albums (as A.C. Newman) are very good but who, fortunately, still shares his best work with his Porno partners so the songs end up with more hooks, more massed harmonies, and more pure pop pleasures.
- Steve Klinge