But critics who thank their lucky stars when Pornos records arrive in the mail owe the band a favor or two. So, with that in mind, there'll be no talk here -- however apt -- of sugar rushes or pedal-to-the-metal songwriting. Instead, think of the New Pornographers as a musical version of Emergen-C, that vitamin powder you take after a hard night of drinking.
Emergen-C boasts 1,111 percent of the daily value of vitamin C, 500 percent of B6, and 416 percent of B12. The New Pornographers are kind of like that: 1,111 percent of the daily value of sticky pop melodies, 500 percent of zippy guitars, and 416 percent of giddy synths. Not to mention 25 percent of your daily Neko Case and another 25 percent of Dan Bejar's disjointedly groovy songcraft. In other words, the band is an embarrassment of riches, just the thing to rocket you out of the doldrums.