Together (The New Pornographers album)

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Together
The New Pornographers - Together.jpg
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 71/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club A−[6]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[7]
The Independent 3/5 stars[8]
NME 7/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10[10]
Q 3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[13]
Spin 7/10[14]

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.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Moves"   Carl Newman 3:53
2. "Crash Years"   Newman 4:07
3. "Your Hands (Together)"   Newman 3:33
4. "Silver Jenny Dollar"   Dan Bejar 2:53
5. "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk"   Newman 3:40
6. "My Shepherd"   Newman 4:36
7. "If You Can't See My Mirrors"   Bejar 2:56
8. "Up in the Dark"   Newman 3:10
9. "Valkyrie in the Roller Disco"   Newman 3:32
10. "A Bite Out of My Bed"   Newman 3:13
11. "Daughters of Sorrow"   Bejar 3:07
12. "We End Up Together"   Newman 5:47
Total length:
44:27

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dombal, Ryan (2010-02-22). "New Track From New Pornographers: "Your Hands (Together)"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ a b Devlin, Mike (28 April 2010). "The New Pornographers Together again". Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Stephen (2010-04-25). "First Listen: The New Pornographers, 'Together'". NPR Music. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Together by The New Pornographers". Metacritic. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Together – The New Pornographers". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Phipps, Keith (May 4, 2010). "The New Pornographers: Together". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (May 3, 2010). "Album review: New Pornographers, 'Together'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on May 6, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gill, Andy (April 30, 2010). "Album: The New Pornographers, Together (Matador)". The Independent. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  9. ^ Webb, Rob (April 30, 2010). "Album Review: The New Pornographers – 'Together' (Matador)". NME. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  10. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (May 5, 2010). "The New Pornographers: Together". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "The New Pornographers: Together". Q (287): 128. June 2010. 
  12. ^ Hoard, Christian (May 4, 2007). "Together". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (May 2, 2010). "The New Pornographers: Together". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  14. ^ Wood, Mikael (April 27, 2010). "The New Pornographers, 'Together' (Matador)". Spin. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Blue Rodeo, BSS on Polaris long list". The Globe and Mail, June 17, 2010.