Brill Bruisers

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Brill Bruisers
Brill Bruisers Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)
GenreIndie rock, power pop
LabelLast Gang (Canada)
Matador (U.S.)
ProducerA.C. Newman, John Collins, Howard Redekopp
The New Pornographers chronology
Brill Bruisers
Whiteout Conditions
Singles from Brill Bruisers
  1. "Brill Bruisers"
    Released: June 10, 2014
  2. "War on the East Coast"
    Released: July 16, 2014
  3. "Dancehall Domine"
    Released: November 23, 2014
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB[3]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[4]
Cuepoint (Expert Witness)A−[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
Q3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]

Brill Bruisers is the sixth studio album by Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers. It was released on August 26, 2014[12] and debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200. In describing the album, A.C. Newman called it "a celebration record... After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that."[12]

The first single from the album was "Brill Bruisers", released on June 10, 2014. The second single, "War on the East Coast", was released on July 16, 2014. The album was a longlisted nominee for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize[13] on June 16, 2015, and was shortlisted on July 16, 2015.[14]

Track listing[edit]

1."Brill Bruisers"A. C. Newman2:56
2."Champions of Red Wine"Newman3:40
3."Fantasy Fools"Newman3:26
4."War on the East Coast"Dan Bejar3:58
6."Marching Orders"Newman4:19
7."Another Drug Deal of the Heart"Newman1:28
8."Born with a Sound"Bejar2:55
9."Wide Eyes"Newman2:56
10."Dancehall Domine"Newman3:18
13."You Tell Me Where"Newman4:05
Total length:43:01

The song "Spidyr" is a remake of Daniel Bejar's song "Spider" from Swan Lake's album Enemy Mine.

Amber Webber of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust shares vocals with Bejar on "Born with a Sound".

Vinyl edition[edit]

A special "paint spattered" limited-edition vinyl LP of the album was made available via pre-order. The LP includes a 3D-poster and 3D-glasses.[12]



  1. ^ "Reviews for Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers". Metacritic. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Brill Bruisers – The New Pornographers". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Adams, Erik (August 26, 2014). "The New Pornographers nearly live up to their own example on Brill Bruisers". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (August 22, 2014). "New Pornographers zero in on the upbeat on 'Brill Bruisers'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 3, 2014). "Robert Christgau: Expert Witness". Cuepoint. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers". Mojo (250): 92. September 2014.
  7. ^ Beaumont, Mark (August 21, 2014). "The New Pornographers – 'Brill Bruisers'". NME. Archived from the original on May 30, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Berman, Stuart (August 25, 2014). "The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers". Q (339): 116. October 2014.
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (August 26, 2014). "Brill Bruisers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Walters, Barry (August 26, 2014). "Red Head Redemption: The New Pornographers Knock Out Power-Pop on 'Brill Bruisers'". Spin. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c Gordon, Jeremy (June 10, 2014). "The New Pornographers Announce New Album Brill Bruisers, Share Title Track, Tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Announces 2015 Long List". Exclaim!, June 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List Is Here". Polaris Music Prize Blog, July 16, 2015.

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