The new New Pornographers album (Challengers)

It’s leaked, and it’s good. Real good.

I was worried when I heard it was going to be softer, more subdued, but I’m diggin on this stuff after the first listen. The album’s devoid of barn-burners, which is a real first for the NPs. In fact, the only songs I would say even come close are All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth and Mutiny, I Promise You.

The trademark hooks and the catchiness are still there, but they’re not brought down with a sledgehammer (not that I didn’t love it when they did that, too :smiley: ). I’ll definitely be buying this one. I’m glad that my favorite band continues to impress.