Everything Neko Case's voice touches turns to gold. Or diamond. Or any cd that actually is worth shelling out just shy of $20 for. I became a fan of her music though her most recent solo alt.country outting, "Blacklisted". And everything I've heard that she lends vocals to is stunning.
I had not heard The New Pornographer's old cd, "Mass Romantic", previous to buying "Electric Version" so I didn't really know what to expect. Knowing Case's alt.country background but also that the indie kids adored The New Pornographers I was expecting something like Pedro the Lion meets Wilco.
I'll be damned, but that's not at all what this is. Instead it's edgy and innovative. It creates alternative rock with a bar band edge. It kicks some serious ass.
My big disapointment when first putting the cd in was that Neko Case isn't the lead vocalist. Which is a serious waste of talent. Thankfully, the male vocals tend to wrap things up nicely and give the band a rougher feel.
There are a lot of high points on this cd. It just flows like almost flawless perfection. There are great sing-a-longs, which would compliment a wildly drunken crowd. Listening to this cd is sex.
Now, I recently bought Mass Romantic. I am not as impressed with that, but most fans seem to favor it over the new one. I suspect it has to do with the order in which you buy them. So buy Electric Version first.