New Pornographers, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart | Riviera Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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New Pornographers, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart 

When: Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m. 2014
Twin Cinema (Matador) is easily the least immediate album that Vancouver's New Pornographers have made—nothing on it leaps out and grabs you like, say, "Letter From an Occupant" or "All for Swinging You Around." But the record has abundant pleasures for anybody willing to spend time with it. On 2003's Electric Version, the band began shifting from an ad hoc conglomeration led by Carl Newman and took on a genuine group identity, and now it's even harder to tease out the individual personalities of members like Newman, Dan Bejar, and Neko Case. That's a good thing: the song parts and instrumental parts are well-balanced, and though Newman's clearly still the boss, his presence is never overwhelming. —Peter Margasak, 2005
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