Get Guilty Carl "A.C." Newman, who spends his days fronting the New Pornographers, is a pop maximalist of the first order, fond of cramming blissful hooks, outlandish… Get Guilty Carl "A.C." Newman, who spends his days fronting the New Pornographers, is a pop maximalist of the first order, fond of cramming blissful hooks, outlandish… 2009-01-20 A.C. Newman Rock
Music Review

Get Guilty (2009)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 20, 2009; Lead Performance: A.C. Newman; Genre: Rock

Carl "A.C." Newman, who spends his days fronting the New 
Pornographers, is a pop maximalist of the first order, fond of cramming blissful hooks, outlandish instrumentation, and lyrical non sequiturs into three-minute songs like so many clowns into an overstuffed car. But on Get Guilty, his second solo album, Newman ratchets down the excess while retaining his talent for killer, off-kilter 
 melodies. The gorgeous "The Heartbreak Rides," with its somber "yo-ho" chorus, could be about pirates driving to Los 
 Angeles — but it's mostly about Newman bolstering his rep as pop's most infectious confectioner. B+

Download This: Listen to songs from the new album on the singer's MySpace

Originally posted Jan 21, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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