The New Pornographers – Challengers

Last Gang

If the essence of what makes The New Pornographers sound like The New Pornographers could be distilled into a single album with all of their flare and ingenuity strained out — perhaps by magic — Challengers would be the twisted eldritch result. Who knows? Maybe that’s what really happened. It’s hard to believe that such incredibly talented musical powerhouses as Dan Bejar and Neko Case could really be involved with something this bland.

This isn’t to say that Challengers is awful. It’s still rather good. However set to The New Pornographers’ high standards it’s quite disappointing. Listening to it will make fans long for Twin Cinema or Mass Romantic which if they have their wits about them they’ll switch to immediately.