Twin Cinema

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Twin Cinema
Studio album by The New Pornographers
Released August 23, 2005
Recorded November 2004–April 2005
Genre Indie rock, power pop
Length 47:46
Label Mint/Matador/P-Vine
Producer John Collins, David Carswell, A.C. Newman, Kurt Dahle
The New Pornographers chronology
Electric Version
(2003)Electric Version2003
Twin Cinema

Twin Cinema is the third studio album by Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers. It was released on August 23, 2005. The album was shortlisted for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize.[1] As of 2010 it has sold 138,000 copies in US and 20,000 copies in Canada. [2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Blender4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
Uncut4/5 stars[13]

Initial critical response to Twin Cinema was very positive. At Metacritic, which assigns to reviews from mainstream critics a normalized rating out of 100, the album has received a score of 85, based on 32 reviews.[3] Online music magazine PopMatters ranked the album at #1 on their Best Music of 2005 list.[14] Pitchfork placed Twin Cinema at number 150 on their list of Top 200 Albums of the 2000s,[15] as well as at number 18 on their list of The 50 Best Indie Rock Albums of the Pacific Northwest.[16]

Track listing[edit]

1."Twin Cinema"A. C. Newman2:59
2."The Bones of an Idol"Newman2:51
3."Use It"Newman3:26
4."The Bleeding Heart Show"Newman4:27
5."Jackie, Dressed in Cobras"Dan Bejar3:06
6."The Jessica Numbers"Newman, John Collins3:06
7."These Are the Fables"Newman3:29
8."Sing Me Spanish Techno"Newman4:16
9."Falling Through Your Clothes"Newman2:53
10."Broken Breads"Bejar3:00
11."Three or Four"Newman3:07
12."Star Bodies"Newman4:07
13."Streets of Fire"Bejar2:41
14."Stacked Crooked"Newman4:18
15."High Art, Local News" (bonus track on Japanese release and iTunes version)Newman3:02


The New Pornographers
Additional personnel


"The Bleeding Heart Show" is featured in television advertisements for the University of Phoenix and eMusic. "Use It" was the theme song of the CBC Television newsmagazine series The Hour. The song's video included appearances by David Cross, Nardwuar the Human Serviette and Shane Nelken. "Streets of Fire," written by Dan Bejar, is a new version of a song from his debut album with his band Destroyer, We'll Build Them a Golden Bridge.


  1. ^ "2006 Winners and Nominees". Polaris Music Prize. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
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  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Twin Cinema by The New Pornographers". Metacritic. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Twin Cinema – The New Pornographers". AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Sinagra, Laura (September 2005). "New Pornographers: Twin Cinema". Blender (40): 134. Archived from the original on January 28, 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ Dombal, Ryan (August 22, 2005). "Twin Cinema". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 14, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rock/Pop". The Irish Times. August 26, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Cromelin, Richard (September 4, 2005). "Soul drowned out by sound". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema". NME: 58. August 20, 2005. 
  10. ^ Mitchum, Rob (August 21, 2005). "The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 3, 2009. 
  11. ^ "The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema". Rolling Stone (980): 70. August 11, 2005. 
  12. ^ Wolk, Douglas (August 2005). "Something to Talk About". Spin. 21 (8): 93–94. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ "The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema". Uncut (101): 96. October 2005. 
  14. ^ "The Best 50 CDs of 2005". PopMatters. December 19, 2005. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 150-101". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  16. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 6, 2016). "Pitchfork: The 50 Best Indie Albums of the Pacific Northwest". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 

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