New Pornographers, "Together" (Matador)
Release Date: May 2010
"Challengers," the New Pornographers ' 2007 Matador album, featured a lush, quieter side to the Canadian power-pop collective than earlier efforts, but its next outing will find it returning to the guitar-centric approach of the first three releases. "I'm terrible at analyzing our records, but I'd say this one is more of a rock album than 'Challengers' was," New Pornographers frontman Carl Newman says. The group recorded with producer Phil Palazzolo in various locations, including Brooklyn, Vancouver and Newman's Woodstock, N.Y., home. Singer/songwriter Neko Case  remains within the New Pornographers' fold, despite her solo success with 2009's "Middle Cyclone," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Case will also tour with the band, Newman says, adding that the New Pornographers will play European festivals this summer.
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