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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B0001ZMCWS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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A.c. Newman - Slow Wonder - Cd

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Sometimes slow, but often wonderful, A.C. Newman's debut album signals a shift in both sound and lyrical focus, from both the heavy-rock sound of Zumpano, and the bright, eclectic rock sound of The New Pornographers. This shift sees Newman sound more introspective and brooding on 'The Slow Wonder', but it is a move which suits him well. 'The Slow Wonder' is packed full of wry, perceptive lyricy, such as in the poignant, beautifully melodic tale of a relationship lost, in 'Drink to Me Then Babe', memorable guitar riffs ('The Town Halo') and lovelorn laments with excellent vocals ('Come Crash'). But, as much as these facets underpin what is a superb album, it is when Newman lets loose a little that 'The Slow Wonder' reaches its highest points, with the fast-paced, gleefully smart rock of 'Secreterial' and the chord-heavy guitar chug of 'Miracle Drug'. Whilst the album is likely to please fans of The New Pornographers, it is also one which will surprise them a little. Whilst the likes of Neko Case and Dan Bejar have often taken centre-stage with The New Pornographers, 'The Slow Wonder' shows just how talented Newman is on all fronts - musically, lyrically, and vocally. In truth, I've nothing bad to say about 'The Slow Wonder'. Filled with intriguing tales of shady deals, lost loves and honest resignations, against a backdrop of well-chosen (if not virtuoso) guitar melodies, and tuneful, effectively emotive (when needed) vocals, 'The Slow Wonder' is one of the most wonderful rock records of the last decade.
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I heard about AC Newman from the work he does with the New Pornographers, where he's songwriter in chief - and who could resist anyone who can write a song as amazing as "Mass Romantic"? Sure enough, this album, though clocking in at just under 35 minutes, is an absolute gem. In an era where three chord wonders, drum machines and reality television "celebrity" cast-offs are all over the charts like a nasty rash, this album should be played from start to finish all year round to keep everybody musically sane.

What does it sound like? There's bits of the Kinks in here (and Newman's songwriting is up there with the best of Ray Davies), a bit of ELO, some Wilco, but it's so so so so SO much more than that. For proof, listen to "The Town Halo" and "The Cloud Prayer", two tracks which are at the same time intelligent, gorgeous and powerful. It may only be 34 minutes long, but there's more ideas on here (and more quality) than most bands manage in an entire career. I just wish he'd think about releasing a follow-up, as the world needs more of this.
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Seldom can an album have been so aptly named

This is a real grower, and just when you think you've picked a favourite track, a new one starts working through your cranium.

My personal favourites are the final three on the album, from the absolutely beautiful The Cloud Prayer through to the Abba-esque and bombastic 35 In The Shade (please don't let that put you off).

This music sounds like all the greatest pop you've heard, but apart from the last track you can't quite think where.

A genuine wonder
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