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Mass Romantic

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  • Audio CD (15 Dec. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mint
  • ASIN: B000051TSN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 12 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Honestly fantastic genre-less songs. Indie in spirit but not in sound. If chart bands were actually really good they might sound like this. Neko Case features to a small degree. Her fans won't be disappointed, but this is not country - it's pop. This is about as easy listening as quality gets. You'll remember what it was like to sing along.
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While Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' is the best album of 2001 released in 2002, 'Mass Romantic' is the best 2000 album released in 2002. And hearing it now, I feel a little cheated that I've not had the pleasure of this soundtracking my life since its North-American release in late 2000.
So, it was down to a sampler with Uncut magazine and its inclusion of the title track- sung by Neko Case (who, with her boyfriends made another great song, the John Peel fave 'Twist the Knife'). But this song?- I had to play it on repeat all night.
'Mass Romantic' is contender for the best pop song of all time. It sounds like Paul Morley's OTT NME hyperbole regarding Kim Wilde. Imagine Blondie, Madder Rose,Liz Phair and Magnetic Fields colliding and making something with the heavenly quality of The Go Go's 'Head Over Heels' or Sparks 'Hasta Manana Monsieur'. The last songs to really do it for me this way were 'Cannonball' by The Breeders and 'Sweet Lovin Man' by Magnetic Fields. Imagine Suzi Quatro being backed by THe Smiths...
The rest of the album is almost as great- 'The Fake Headlines' the meeting point of Belle & Sebastian and The Jayhawks. While 'The Slow Descent into Alcoholism' sounds like THe Wondermints playing 'Submarine Bells'. Or The Cars covered by Apples in Stereo. Or Stevie Nicks giving backing vocals to The Russian Futurists. Best false ending since either A-Ha's 'I've Been Losing You' or Big Black's 'L Dopa'.This, as XTC sang, is POP!!!
Yes, POP- something that has been derided by shallow exponents such as Britney and Steps or neuteured by irony by Blur and U2. 'Mystery Hours' makes you wonder if this can get any better- one of the three male singers' sounds like Ultra Vivid Scene's Kurt Ralske fronting a 'Beauty & the Beat' song.
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This is the original issue of The New Pornographers album of 2000, Mass Romantic- issued belatedly on Matador records in 2002 in the UK. Owning Neko Case's Furnace Room Lullaby, I felt mildly ignorant upon hearing the title track on a sampler with a magazine. After playing the song on repeat all night, I purchased this album the next day. Having played (perhaps overplayed?) this album for 5 months, it has been edged out by Case's gorgeous Blacklisted album. Whatever.
Mass Romantic is a vague collective from Canada, people who like Magnetic Fields, The Wondermints & Spoon have a sense of pop. I still think the title track is the best song here- Case sounding as sexy as Suzi Quatro fronting The Smiths in my best 80's dreams. Case shows psueds like Shelby Lynne & Sheryl Crow how it should be done on Letter from an Occupant (as featured in the classic film Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and pops up to provide sassy harmonics on other tracks. The other vocalists- Dan Bejar, Carl Newman & Kurt Dahle are as great- Mystery Hours sounding like Ultra Vivid Scene doing a Sloan song (with a hint of Pulp) & Jackie sounding like The Triffids meets Subway Sect. Every track is great- Centre for Holy Wars, Fake Headlines, The Body Says No...
If you dig that perfect pop of The Go Go's or wonder what Courtney Love dreamed of doing on Celebrity Skin or why Pink ought to be hunted down & fed to wild boars, then you should love this (undoubted) classic album. The tunes you'll be humming forever- pop is not a dirty word- hope we get a follow up album next year....
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x985831ec) out of 5 stars Pop Music Bliss from Vancouver Indie Rock Supergroup 6 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Put aside for the moment that "Mass Romantic", "The Slow Descent into Alcoholism" and, most importantly, "Letter From an Occupant" are three of the greatest pop songs ever written, with hooks so catchy you'll be singing them all day (week?month?year?) long. Temporarily ignore that this is a breakthrough performance by Neko Case, whose pipes rival those of any singer in country or rock (especially on "Occupant," which, in a paralell universe I wished I inhabited, has been #1 on the charts for six months).
No, what really sticks out about this record is that, having listened to it numerous times now, I can't remember ever hearing an album with this much enthusiasm, that sounded like it was as much fun to record as it is to listen to. I mean, in every song these guys are tripping over each other in a rush to get to the chorus, like it's the only thing that'll save their lives. Like, um, music mattered. If it matters to you, then this gem comes with the highest of recommendations.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9858363c) out of 5 stars 4 1/2 half stars...Ridiculuosly catchy 11 Dec. 2000
By sask - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The New Pornographers, a collective of indie artists from Vancouver, have created an album that's so catchy, so sugary-sweet that it leaves you with a sugar rush while overflowing like sodapop fizz. Every single song on Mass Romantic possesses hooks that stay in your head forever.
The songs, written by Zumpano's Carl Newman and Destroyer's Dan Bejar, contain enigmatic, clever lyrics ("Hope grows greener than grass stains") and lift styles from bands like Devo, The Cars, the Go-Go's, The Beatles (of course), Elvis Costello & The Attractions, and the Beach Boys; at one point you even hear Supertramp's influence. If a band can steal a hook from Supertramp, the worst band in rock history, and make it sound good, you know you have something special in your hands.
Four of the band's members share vocal duties, but it's Neko Case who steals the show. On the title track, and especially the glorious 'Letter From An Occupant', Case, who moonlights as a terrific country singer, joyously belts out the tunes a la Belinda Carlisle. 'Letter From An Occupant' could very well be the best song I've heard this year. During the bridge two minutes into the song (where they sing "the song, the song that's shakin' me"), you feel it will just peter out and fade out, but the band decides to prolong the fun a bit more and repeats the chorus, complete with its 'woo-ooh' harmony vocals, for another minute. Absolutely perfect. The repeat button on your cd player was made for songs like this.
Every song is great, but other standouts are 'The Fake Headlines', the humourously self-deprecating 'The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism', and the gleeful 'The Body Says No'.
Lately Canada has been producing musical bores that are either pretentious, soul-gushing female Lilith Fair-types or dull, sound-alike alterna-bands that play the same outdated tuneless grungy sludge. The New Pornographers show there's hope for Canadian music, and this one-off project is too great to yield only one album. here's hoping we'll hear more from them in the years to come.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9858366c) out of 5 stars Pure goodness from the Pornographers 23 Oct. 2003
By joey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First,you'll be captivated by Neko's vocals in "Mass Romantic" and "Letter from an Occupant." Then you'll fall for other high energy songs like "The Body says no" and "The Slow descent into Alcoholism." Eventually you'll realize that the relatively unorthodox tunes like "Execution day" and "The Mary Martin Show" are your favorites.
With over-the-top layering the Mass Romantic Album will remind you of some old perky Brit-pop, but at the same time it is so original and flavorful that your musical palate will be tickled. If you ever enjoyed pop rock, you will be dazzled by this joyous romp from the New Pornographers. Easily one of the best albums of the past few years.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9858396c) out of 5 stars Great album from a very underated band. 10 Oct. 2005
By H. Avramidis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard The New Pornographers on a Matador compilation and was imediately taken by their pop aesthetic. I guess it can be summed as traditional 3 minute upbeat power pop - but it is mixed with a sense of freedom and experimentation and can be quite exclectic at times without being contrived or self indulgent. This makes it quite unique. I would recomened this album to anyone who loves clever catchy guitar pop and is looking for something new to sink their ears into.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98583aa4) out of 5 stars This band just keeps getting better 7 Oct. 2006
By Chet Fakir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How funny, I bought The New Pornographers newest album Twin Cinema first and was immediately hooked and amazed by that sublime cd. So I plunked down my money for their debut album Mass Romantic thinking I'd get more of the same and was underwhelmed. It didn't hit me right off, so I put it away for a while and have since come back to it. While it's not as immediately powerful as Twin Cinema, it's really grown on me and is a very good album in its own right. Mass Romantic is punchy, emotional with a wonderful sense for mining the best of rocks past such as the Beach Boys and The Who while maintaining it's own character. It's structurally simpler, less original and not as well-recorded as Twin Cinema, yet there's a lot to like about this cd. For one thing the wonderful singing and melodies. I find it rewards repeated listenings and is well worth picking up.
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