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EW review: Excellent Pornographers

By Ryan Dombal
Entertainment Weekly

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Jim Jones
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(Entertainment Weekly) -- On "Twin Cinema," their third CD, the Canadian indie supergroup New Pornographers add 14 sublime power-pop blasts to their unerring canon of should-be smashes.

Uncharacteristic, semisomber cuts like the wistful Neko Case-sung "These Are the Fables" and the folky anthem "Streets of Fire" offer a welcome fifth dimension to the group's usual Rainbow Brite ballistics.

Still, it's their trademark boisterous hyper-melodies -- exemplified by the bulldozing masterwork "Use It" -- that will have you involuntarily humming their praises for weeks (months!) to come.

EW Grade: A

'Harlem: Diary of a Summer,' Jim Jones

Reviewed by Ryan Dombal

Sure, he can make words rhyme at times, but Jim Jones can't really ... how do you say ... rap. The marble-mouthed MC is so devoid of a discernible flow that it often sounds as if he's talking over beats that only exist in his own mind.

Excluding veteran beatmaker Pete Rock's shuffling track for "Gees Up," the album's cheapskate production doesn't hide such flaws. This is one "Harlem: Diary of a Summer" that should stay under the pillow.

EW Grade: C-


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