A.C. Newman

AC Newman Slow Wonder
Lately I’ve been getting into Slow Wonder, the first solo album from A.C. (Carl) Newman, leader of the New Pornographers.* There’s nothing too deep about Slow Wonder. Brad M, a reviewer on Metacritic, explains the hot chick theory (scroll down to the user reviews):

I get a giddy rush of excitement but it’s kind of like seeing a pretty girl. On a superficial level staring at this girl will satisfy my needs but on an emotional level I’m not really feeling anything deeply.

Despite his lack of connection to the album, Brad gives it an overall thumbs-up:

Regardless of this criticism, I still am a fan of this cd. It’s fanciful, imaginative power-pop and I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. But I just can’t see myself turning to this album during a time of emotional distress.

Of course you wouldn’t turn to A.C. Newman in times of emotional distress–that’s what Coldplay is for! Bring on the giddy rush of excitement, I say, and enjoy Slow Wonder until the magic is gone.

The Matador Records website has two mp3s from the album. When I first heard “Miracle Drug,” I knew I’d end up buying Slow Wonder sooner or later. “35 in the Shade” is also extremely catchy, and you can hear it here for a limited time only.

5 responses to “A.C. Newman”

  1. Sam

    I had previously listened to a few songs by the New Pornographers. I really like “Your Daddy don’t know”. But I am not sure if I will like an entire album however.. especially as I am not too fond of “When I was a baby”.

  2. Mark

    “…in times of emotional distress—that’s what Coldplay is for…”

    Good point.

    But what about the time when you’re consumed in a wave of funk? What then? Might I suggest Earth, Wind and Fire?

    Sorry that’s what GTIRTCB* is playing, full blast right now.

    (*Guy that I refuse to call boss.)

  3. Becky

    A wave of funk, huh? Ha. I am not schooled in the ways of funk much beyond Parliament.

    Mark, have you considered writing about GTYRTCB?

    Sam, despite loving the A.C. Newman record and owning almost everything by Neko Case, I don’t have any New Pornographers stuff. What would do you recommend? Last year’s release?

  4. Sam

    I just downloaded a few tracks from the New Pornographers’ website

    The NP’s music reminds me of The Breeders. 80s style usage of powerchords for example.

    I like “Your Daddy don’t know” and “The Laws have changed”. I am not sure I will buy their album though. Its gets a bit loud for me after about 3 songs.

  5. mark

    “A wave of funk, huh?”

    The wave of funk is a condition, similar to Terrets. I developed it as a way to make daughter (5 yrs. old at the time) laugh until she’d puke. Seriously.
    Basically, you’re normal, limber, and sane until your consumed by an attack of the WOF. Then, then! you lose all control and you start doing the robot, among other things. It’s a distant relative to Happy Feet, but more full body. More funky-fied!

    “…you considered writing about GTYRTCB?”

    Have I?! He’s the pointy haired guy to my Dilbert. I’m the Road Runner to his Wylie Coyote. It’s a real life Homer vs. Flanders. And I’m not the Hi-diddly-ho one of the pair. I have written about him once or twice, but I had to keep it nameless. To do a real post justice, I’d have to write it using a secret decoder ring, it could get brutal and I’d hate to hurt the guy’s feelings.

    Dang Becky, I’m didn’t mean to take up this much of your comment page.

    My apologies. Have a good weekend.