Whiteout Conditions

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Whiteout Conditions
The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions.jpg
Studio album by The New Pornographers
Released April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07)
Genre Power pop, indie pop
Length 41:33
Label Concord
The New Pornographers chronology
Brill Bruisers
(2014)Brill Bruisers2014
Whiteout Conditions
Singles from Whiteout Conditions
  1. "High Ticket Attractions"
    Released: January 27, 2017

Whiteout Conditions is the seventh studio album by Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers. It was released on April 7, 2017, and is the first album not to feature either longtime drummer Kurt Dahle or singer-songwriter Dan Bejar.[1][2]

The band released the first single "High Ticket Attractions" on January 27, 2017.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubC+[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
The Independent4/5 stars[7]
Mojo4/5 stars[8]
Q3/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[11]

Whiteout Conditions was released by Concord Music Group on April 7, 2017, to generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 77, based on 20 reviews.[3] Dave Simpson, a critic for The Guardian, said its "songs about depression, society and the environment sound euphoric" within the music's "exuberant pile-up of harmonies, hooks and powerpop".[6] Andy Gill from The Independent observed "a drive and urgency about Whiteout Conditions that whisks one along regardless, their usual indie-pop mode here strengthened by layers of fast, bubbly synths and pulsing Eurocentric beats".[7] Writing for Vice, Robert Christgau said lead vocalist and songwriter Carl Newman "generates 11 soaring new pop songs, which in some abstrusely Krautrock way are sparer than the 13 on Brill Bruisers".[13] Erik Adams of The A.V. Club was less impressed, writing that the record featured interesting musical and emotional ideas, but lacked memorable melodies and a sense of dynamics.[5]

The album was a longlisted nominee for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by A. C. Newman.

1."Play Money"4:37
2."Whiteout Conditions"4:08
3."High Ticket Attractions"3:51
4."This Is the World of the Theater"4:27
5."Darling Shade"2:57
6."Second Sleep"3:14
8."We've Been Here Before"3:52
11."Avalanche Alley"4:11
Total length:41:33



Chart (2017) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 82
US Billboard 200[16] 35


  1. ^ "The New Pornographers Announce New Album Whiteout Conditions, Share "High Ticket Attractions"". Spin. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "New Pornographers Announce 'Whiteout Conditions' LP, Release 'High Ticket Attractions' Single". Spin. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Whiteout Conditions by The New Pornographers". Metacritic. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Whiteout Conditions – The New Pornographers". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Adams, Erik (April 7, 2017). "The New Pornographers' computer blues are missing a crucial component on Whiteout Conditions". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Simpson, Dave (April 6, 2017). "The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions review – euphoric powerpop pile-up". The Guardian. Retrieved April 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Gill, Andy (April 5, 2017). "Album reviews: Father John Misty – Pure Comedy, Jamiroquai – Automaton, Imelda May – Life Love Flesh Blood, and more". The Independent. Retrieved April 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ "The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions". Mojo. No. 282. May 2017. p. 88. 
  9. ^ Anderson, Stacey (April 8, 2017). "The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions". Q. No. 372. June 2017. p. 110. 
  11. ^ Winograd, Jeremy (April 3, 2017). "The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions". Slant Magazine. Retrieved April 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions". Uncut. No. 240. May 2017. p. 36. 
  13. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 7, 2017). "The New Pornographers Soar and Conor Oberst Grows Up: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved April 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Gord Downie, Tragically Hip both make cut as Polaris Prize long list revealed". Toronto Star, June 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "The New Pornographers Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  16. ^ "The New Pornographers Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2017.