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A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets

by DanMallery
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on 11 October 2012 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Fire Records
Rating 8/10

Fans of The New Pornographers may not recognise the Carl Newman they know in his latest release, ‘Shut Down The Streets’. A gentler proposition than most of his previous releases, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ is an intricate folk pop record with immense character. From the spacey synth sound and spacious pads of the opening, ‘I’m Not Talking’, right up to the sparse and melancholic finale (and title track), ‘Shut Down The Streets’, it’s clear that Newman's latest album is a little bit different and a little bit special. It’s more introspective and personal than previous offerings, which is by no means a bad thing; Newman lets the listener in to share the joy that he expresses in ‘Strings’ and ‘Hostages’, as well as the sorrow contained in ‘Shut Down The Streets’, and it is this exposed emotion that really sets this album apart. As mentioned above, the music is intricate rather than overdone, which serves to underline Newman’s lyricism but not to detract from it. Overall, ‘Shut Down The Streets’ is an interesting deviation from the norm for Carl Newman and one which we wouldn't mind seeing more of.

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