The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers



The New Pornographers’ sixth album Brill Bruisers is both their liveliest since Mass Romantic and their most immediate. Strip it down to its propulsive guitars and Brill Bruisers is practically punk: There are as many speedy distorted chords as there are synths gurgling out willfully plastic arpeggios. Xanadu, later-day ELO, New Wave, Glam Rock aka Bowie era, but there’s also plenty of Pixies too.

The band’s four gingers—singer-songwriter/co-producer Carl Newman, bassist/producer John Collins, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Kathryn Calder, and moonlighting supernova Neko Case – build a blare with their dominant-gene band mates that’s biologically left of ordinary. By design, they’re never normative.

As its title suggests, Brill Bruisers gets feisty while celebrating the compositional craft that made New York’s Brill Building a locus for tune-driven fa-la-la. I even hear a bit of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” lurking in the background.

Listen Gingerly,


Track List

  1. Brill Bruisers
  2. Champions of Red Wine
  3. Fantasy Fools
  4. War on the East Coast
  5. Backstairs
  6. Marching Orders
  7. Another Drug Deal of the Heart
  8. Born with a Sound
  9. Wide Eyes
  10. Dancehall Domine
  11. Spidyr
  12. Hi-Rise
  13. You Tell Me Where

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