Together (The New Pornographers album)

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Together
Studio album by The New Pornographers
Released May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)
Genre Indie rock, power pop
Length 44:27
Label Last Gang (Canada)
Matador (U.S.)
Producer The New Pornographers, Phil Palazzolo
The New Pornographers chronology
Challengers
(2007)
Together
(2010)
Brill Bruisers
(2014)

Together is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers. It was released on May 4, 2010[1] and debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200.

The album was recorded in seven studios in British Columbia and New York[2] and features guest appearances by Zach Condon of Beirut, Annie Clark (also known as St. Vincent), Will Sheff of Okkervil River, and the horn players from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.[1]

Together is dedicated to the memory of Lynn Calder, who was the mother of keyboardist Kathryn Calder, and the half-sister of Carl Newman.[2] "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" was featured in an early 2011 ad campaign for the Amazon Kindle, while "Moves" was used in a commercial for the Hyundai 2012 Accent and a commercial for T-Mobile.

Videos from the album include "Your Hands (Together)", "Crash Years", "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk", and "Moves".

Release[edit]

Matador Records released the song "Your Hands (Together)" in February 2010 as the first sample of the album.[1]

On March 23, the band announced their extensive North American tour in support of the album.

On April 25, the album was released as a digital stream on NPR's website, accessible until the album's May 4 release.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71%[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
American Music Channel 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Boston Phoenix (8.7/10)[7]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[8]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[9]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[10]
NOW 5/5 stars[11]
Q 3/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[13]
PopMatters (9/10)[14]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[15]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[16]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[17]
Uncut 2/5 stars[18]

Together was met with largely positive reviews. The album was a longlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, a music award given annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit.[19]

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Carl Newman except where noted)

  1. "Moves" – 3:53
  2. "Crash Years" – 4:07
  3. "Your Hands (Together)" – 3:33
  4. "Silver Jenny Dollar" (Dan Bejar) – 2:53
  5. "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" – 3:40
  6. "My Shepherd"[20] – 4:36
  7. "If You Can't See My Mirrors" (Dan Bejar) – 2:56
  8. "Up in the Dark" – 3:10
  9. "Valkyrie in the Roller Disco" – 3:32
  10. "A Bite Out of My Bed" – 3:13
  11. "Daughters of Sorrow" (Dan Bejar) – 3:07
  12. "We End Up Together" – 5:47

Vinyl Edition[edit]

Side A

  1. "Moves" – 3:53
  2. "Crash Years" – 4:07
  3. "Your Hands (Together)" – 3:33
  4. "Silver Jenny Dollar" (Dan Bejar) – 2:53
  5. "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" – 3:40
  6. "Valkyrie in the Roller Disco" – 3:32

Side B

  1. "My Shepherd" – 4:36
  2. "If You Can't See My Mirrors" (Dan Bejar) – 2:56
  3. "Up in the Dark" – 3:10
  4. "A Bite Out of My Bed" – 3:13
  5. "Daughters of Sorrow" (Dan Bejar) – 3:07
  6. "We End Up Together" – 5:47

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

References[edit]