Boomkat Product Review:
It might convincingly be argued that chief New Pornographer A.C. Newman has, by stealth, become one of America's finest songwriters. In addition to his sterling work with bandmates Neko Case and Destroyer's Dan Bejar, Newman's forged himself a compelling solo career, having previously elected to go it alone on 2004's The Slow Wonder, and between these two strands in his work, Newman has revealed an acute talent both as a lyricist and as a writer of what tends to get termed power-pop. 2007's bafflingly underrated New Pornographers album, Challengers, confirmed that Newman could deliver great things on a grand scale, factoring horns and strings into his compositions without sounding inflated or pompous in so doing. Similarly snappy orchestrations light up Get Guilty, a scaled down but no less expertly realised album. Whether it be the Brian Wilson-esque 'There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve' (complete with stately plucked strings and timpani-like drum hits, or the Wizzard-meets-Phil Spector mania of new single 'The Palace At 4am' there's no shortage of eloquence and pop finesse dispersed across the LP. Very highly recommended indeed.