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The New Pornographers — Adventures In Solitude
Album: Challengers
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 756









Released: 2007
Length: 4:05
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Balancing on
One wounded wing
Circling the edge
Of the neverending
The best of the vanished marvels have gathered inside your door

More than begin
But less than forget
But spirits born
From the not happened yet
Gathering there
To pay off a debt brought back from the wars

We thought we lost you
We thought we lost you
We thought we lost you
Welcome back

Sleeping for years
Pick through what is left
Through the pieces that fell and rose from the depth
From the rainwater well
Deep as a secret nobody knows

Less than forget
But more than begun
These adventures in solitude never done
To the names of our wounds
We send the same blood back from the wars

We thought we lost you
We thought we lost you
We thought we lost you
It will all come back

I know you want to
Work for
Wait for
Want more
And that it's comin' at a bad time
Some cold place
Heartless ways
For all we know

I know you need to
Breathe through
Come back
Come to
But it's comin' at a bad time
Some lost heart
Tangled day
For all we know

I know you want to
Work for
Wait for
Want more
And that's comin' at a bad time
Some cold race
Heartless ways
For all we know

I know you want to
Breathe through
Come back
Come too
But it's comin' at a bad time
Old scarred face
Survivor's guilt
For all we know
Comments (133)add comment
in these days of self-quarantine this one gets a new lease on life
 wenatchee wrote:
I need to find my aspirin . . . brb
 
Hehe {#Lol}x
yes, you lost me
 shellbella wrote:
This is really awful... it sounds like a song to a bad 70's tv show... UGH.  {#Puke} {#Puke}
 
hey - people in the 70's liked those shows
no good
 Dalebarely wrote:
Much confusion on this thread, but ... I know both singers contributed to this album,  do they really sound that similar? I'd swear this was Neko.
 
according to Amazon.com, this is Kathryn Calder on lead vocal (with AC Newman). Didn't know they where splitting vocals with Neko.
Much confusion on this thread, but ... I know both singers contributed to this album,  do they really sound that similar? I'd swear this was Neko.
This is really awful... it sounds like a song to a bad 70's tv show... UGH.  {#Puke} {#Puke}
 treatment_bound wrote:

I hear Hef, Guccione & Flynt are touring this summer.  I hope they play Ravinia...
 
Man! THAT would be some THREE DOG NIGHT! Lol!
 apd wrote:

it's not Neko? really?
 
I never even thought about it, but now that I listen closely it doesn't sound like Neko... I suspect he may be right! 
 Nerubo wrote:
I like the song as written, but I wish it was still Neko Case singing. The new singer - Kathryn Calder - has a slightly sharp timbre to her voice sometimes.  It's less sharp on the song Crash Years on their latest album.
 
 
it's not Neko? really?
I like the song as written, but I wish it was still Neko Case singing. The new singer - Kathryn Calder - has a slightly sharp timbre to her voice sometimes.  It's less sharp on the song Crash Years on their latest album.
 
I keep forgetting somehow how good of an album this is. 

I need to explore other NP albums to see if they are as good.  Anyone have any suggestions about which one to check out next?

this is sooo good for the ears !! :-))
nice version
I love this band but not this song.  A 6
 sirdroseph wrote:
I actually really like this band, newer and older and their latest release may actually be their best, but this song......not so much.{#No}
 
Yes, their latest release, Together, is very good!

I actually really like this band, newer and older and their latest release may actually be their best, but this song......not so much.{#No}

 RadioDoc wrote:
I liked the old pornographers better.
 
I hear Hef, Guccione & Flynt are touring this summer.  I hope they play Ravinia...


Bill used to play this song every day...it even seemed like more than once a day. Egad!

Thank you Bill for easing off this song. I still don't like it, but I can handle hearing it every few months....
I need to find my aspirin . . . brb
 crockydile wrote:
the harmonies are painful to me...{#Cry}
 
Same

I liked the old pornographers better.
 aragon wrote:

I like this new version of the New Pornographers. Sounds good.

 
Reminds me a little of The New Originals.

oscar_driver wrote:
All I hear is "WE F**K with lust yo"

:D

Ya might have an ear wax problem going on....though cleansing your lugs won't make the Cocteau Twins lyrics any clearer

Chalk and Sand -
 crockydile wrote:
the harmonies are painful to me...{#Cry}
 
Oh no, you appear to be wired backwards...bad music is supposed to be painful, not good music like this. There may be something a specialist can help you with.

the harmonies are painful to me...{#Cry}
All I hear is "WE F**K with lust yo"

:D 
Delicate, lovely. AC Newman is one of the best pop songwriters out there for my money. There are some real gems on his new solo cd, too - GET GUILTY.
The cover of the CD has kept me away - but on my "must buy" list now
I like this.
This song charms me.
We thought about aspirin and rain water
 Hannio wrote:
Yes.  Your post is accepted because it complains about complainers.
 
{#Roflol}  I for my part was to busy listening to post. This stupid station won't let me do my work! This is definitely the best song I would not have heard without RP.


 rolland69 wrote:
Do only people with comlaints post? the song is rated well but most of the posts are people bashing?  I like it.
 

Yes.  Your post is accepted because it complains about complainers.
This has started to sound like a Second City sketch.  And considering that it isn't a Second City sketch, that's a bad thing.
Do only people with comlaints post? the song is rated well but most of the posts are people bashing?  I like it.
 mattt wrote:

Luckyyyyyyyy. What venue?

 
Gothic Theatre....

https://www.gothictheatre.com/

Sorry it took so long to respond.


 Excelsior wrote:
Thanks for ruining a great song/band by overplaying it!
 
Thanks for no longer being here, and I speak for many. 


 Rotterdam wrote:


Oh man, did you HAVE to say that? I was really enjoying the music and now I'm laughing too much to listen.
 
{#Lol}  Let's laugh together and enjoy the music too!

I like this new version of the New Pornographers. Sounds good.


 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
Looks like instructions for "Artificial Fart Under the Arm".
 

Oh man, did you HAVE to say that? I was really enjoying the music and now I'm laughing too much to listen.
Too much porn here.
copymonkey wrote:
The album cover is hilarious...and I'm not sure why.
Looks like instructions for "Artificial Fart Under the Arm".
LuvsMusic wrote:
What ever happened to the Old Pornographers?
Apparently they were born again... :roflol:
The album cover is hilarious...and I'm not sure why.
Thanks for ruining a great song/band by overplaying it!
This one's still good, I like it, it's a sweet-sounding song with a nice intro. The other one's from this band are a bit overplayed though..
please get lost? The long annoying intro is not worth the modest payoff
Papernapkin wrote:
With every play, this becomes more and more annoying.
hmmm. I have found that it works the other way for me. It's quite lovely, and I think it works. Go figure.
With every play, this becomes more and more annoying.
musikalia wrote:
Okay, it's official: I can't stand this band! ....or at least the two songs that are repeated ad naseum here. :frustrated: :hand: :snooty:
So very, very true. I think that RP has really turned me off of this band - or at least this album, which I don't think I'll ever buy now.
Okay, it's official: I can't stand this band! ....or at least the two songs that are repeated ad naseum here. :frustrated: :hand: :snooty:
Imkirok wrote:


The name is great! Right wing televangelist said that rock music was the new pornography. So they called themselves the "New Pornographers." Perfect! (Could use more Neko though.)
NO a dumb-ass televangelist said that rock music was the new pornography. With that said, would you please send some money so I can pray for you, save your soul and so I can get a new hair piece.

bam23 wrote:
Similar to so many of the comments here, I started off not liking this at all, but, at least today, it strikes me as a really interesting composition. Rather sophisticated composition, at that.
Me? I'm going the other direction. I started off liking it, but am seriously considering hitting mute, or just leaving work early. Maybe that's the best idea.
I find this more haunting and poignant with each listen. the entire album is good.
RadioDoc wrote:
No staying power, no depth, nothing worth keeping.
Hee! A new pornographer with no staying power!
Similar to so many of the comments here, I started off not liking this at all, but, at least today, it strikes me as a really interesting composition. Rather sophisticated composition, at that.
The song's OK, but worth the Neko payoff at the end.
Always sounded like a tv theme song or commercial jingle to me.
This tune loses me
They are performing at an outdoor concert in Mpls, Mn on June 21 at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden. I heard this band for the first time after the first of the year. Now I am hooked. A co-worker says there have been various people rotating through the band over the last several albums. But he has listened to them for 3-4 years and rates all their albums highly. So I have tickets on the 21rst of June to see for myself.
RadioDoc wrote:
I've given it twice that many and it sounds worse today than it did the first time. No staying power, no depth, nothing worth keeping. Next, please.
I agree. I generally like the NP, but this track is weak.
I really like this band but this is certainly not one of their better songs.
Love this song. Gives me goosebumps every time.
mrcookieface wrote:
And I just want to say, it's taken half a dozen listens, but I finally get this song. Now I love it.
I've given it twice that many and it sounds worse today than it did the first time. No staying power, no depth, nothing worth keeping. Next, please.
This is funny. First time I've heard this and after about 20 seconds I was ready to rate it a 2 or 3. After listening for a minute more, I'm thinking that I definitely need to look into this band more. Like the song!
Like candy. The too sweet kind.
This one sounds quite nice :D
Elephantik wrote:
Interesting for a few times but now it's the only song on RP that I really cannot stand and I'm switchin radio off. This song really drives me mad :hand:
Yeah, it's sucky. It sounds like that Magic Numbers band. And I don't like them either.
LuvsMusic wrote:
What ever happened to the Old Pornographers?
As addressed right after you posted, the name is from a Jimmy Swaggart reference. That's why they are the New Pornographers.
This song AGAIN?
Interesting for a few times but now it's the only song on RP that I really cannot stand and I'm switchin radio off. This song really drives me mad :hand:
swinghamer wrote:
tired of this one being played every week when we're missing some other ones that haven't been played in months
Every week? Try every day.
tired of this one being played every week when we're missing some other ones that haven't been played in months
:wave: :stupid: :nyah: :notworthy: :dance: :naughty: :clap: :clap: :ask: :cheers:
LuvsMusic wrote:
What ever happened to the Old Pornographers?
they got rich and droopy and retired?
I heard these guys on RP a month or so ago and now I'm a hopeless NP addict. I love the fact that a song can mix male and female vocals and not be a pithy love song. All their stuff is great, and then there's "The Laws Have Changed," which is more than sublime. And of course I learned about them the month AFTER they came to Denver...
Imkirok wrote:
The name is great! Right wing televangelist said that rock music was the new pornography. So they called themselves the "New Pornographers." Perfect! (Could use more Neko though.)
Yep, Jimmy Swaggert it was, he who apparently had his own weaknesses being busted for soliciting hookers twice.
What ever happened to the Old Pornographers?
MLavender wrote:
Yeah, 'cause it's usually 70 year old grannies that buy music nowadays, and I'm sure they'll not like the name. And I'm also sure the teens and twenty-something crowds are going to be shocked, shocked, I tell ya, by this awful, awful name.
:lol: Man that's snarky. Why didn't I come up with that one?
This song has really grown on me. I just love it, I love the back and forth play and harmonizing between the female and male vocals. It really gets under your skin, in a good way. It hits an emotional chord in me.
I really hate this song I'm so tired of the octave jump that is so popular now like someone squeezing his nads to help him hit the high ones
ad4tise wrote:
Like the group, but the name is professional suicide. WHO thought of this name?
Yeah, 'cause it's usually 70 year old grannies that buy music nowadays, and I'm sure they'll not like the name. And I'm also sure the teens and twenty-something crowds are going to be shocked, shocked, I tell ya, by this awful, awful name.
huebdoo wrote:
I have to admit - they are the best band from Vancouver ever Oh there have been good ones But not like this Even Brian Adams and his Rhyming couplets can't touch this stuff As Brian would say, There was a day, where I ate some hay, then I had to Say, If she comes my Way... I just May eat some Hay Id eat some Hay Rinse and Repeat ... make a million
Sweet! I've taken some notes here, and will certainly thank you in my Grammy acceptance speech.
The BareNaked Ladies were nobodies until an official in the Toronto City council banned them from performing because of the name of the band it was the best marketing they could have ever recieved
DrGonzo wrote:
if one were to purchase an album by these folks, what would be a good one to grab first? :whistle:
Twin Cinema is my personal fave. And I just want to say, it's taken half a dozen listens, but I finally get this song. Now I love it.
ad4tise wrote:
Like the group, but the name is professional suicide. WHO thought of this name?
Why is that career suicide? I figure it probably helped them.
I have to admit - they are the best band from Vancouver ever Oh there have been good ones But not like this Even Brian Adams and his Rhyming couplets can't touch this stuff As Brian would say, There was a day, where I ate some hay, then I had to Say, If she comes my Way... I just May eat some Hay Id eat some Hay Rinse and Repeat ... make a million
if one were to purchase an album by these folks, what would be a good one to grab first? :whistle:
ad4tise wrote:
Like the group, but the name is professional suicide. WHO thought of this name?
The name is great! Right wing televangelist said that rock music was the new pornography. So they called themselves the "New Pornographers." Perfect! (Could use more Neko though.)
tobstar wrote:
I like the idea of Freddie Mercury's tache becoming immortal!
I disagree. By the power of his magic chest hair The New Pornographers can channel the artistic mind of Mercury. It is clearly obvious by the cover art.
ad4tise wrote:
Like the group, but the name is professional suicide. WHO thought of this name?
On Wikipedia it states that the name came from a Japanese film called "The Pornographers". And why would it be suicide? Perhaps only the most militant, close-minded, anti-pornography, moralistic person would refuse to even listen to music from a band with "pornographers" in the name, but come on now..... luckily that's only but a wee portion of the population, so "professional suicide" seems a bit strong.
Like the group, but the name is professional suicide. WHO thought of this name?
i love this band...but man, this song grates on my nerves.
:good-vibes:
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! yippy! :bananapiano:
tobstar wrote:
I like the idea of Freddie Mercury's tache becoming immortal!
Becoming?
The_Enemy wrote:
It's rumoured that Carl Newman, the lead singer, is obsessed with Freddie Mercury and is a member of the "Frog Masons", a cult dedicated to Mercury's resurrection. There's complete info at the Wikipedia entry for Freddie Mercury :devil_pimp:
I like the idea of Freddie Mercury's tache becoming immortal!
boileymon wrote:
Saw them Monday night at a cozy venue in Denver...
Luckyyyyyyyy. What venue?
Shoot me, but I liked that song. The vocals had nice harmonies and were fresh and unique. I really enjoyed it. Had a little Sufjan Stevens to it (who I also like!).
The two vocals go very well together.
:puke:
xkolibuul wrote:
That's not just any "lady singer", that's the unmistakable and fabulous Neko Case. Caught her live last year, not to be missed.
Saw them Monday night at a cozy venue in Denver. Neko was present, what an incredible voice - Kathryn Calder is no slouch either. What a great show. BTW, the group's name was derived from the Most Reverend Jimmy Swaggert's mid 90's proclamation that "rock music is the new pornography." This quote was uttered of course after being busted not once but twice for trysts with hookers. And the flock still tithes...
This blows.
:puke: Like the band but this song is blaa.
nate917 wrote:
Is that Freddy Mercury on the album cover?
It's rumoured that Carl Newman, the lead singer, is obsessed with Freddie Mercury and is a member of the "Frog Masons", a cult dedicated to Mercury's resurrection. There's complete info at the Wikipedia entry for Freddie Mercury :devil_pimp:
vocal stylings a bit too much like The Postal Service, Death Cab, etc...the end is nicer...
xkolibuul wrote:
That's not just any "lady singer", that's the unmistakable and fabulous Neko Case. Caught her live last year, not to be missed.
Yes!
Is that Freddy Mercury on the album cover? Maybe it's a young John Astin. They're creepy and they're kooky....
Ya, the vocals almost sounds like Rent or something... which sucked.
smondziel wrote:
This sounds like something off Disney's "High School Musical" soundtrack!
Ahh, Spending too much time with the kids watching their shows? Times like that I go down into the basement and start wrenching. Oh, I meant wretching. :puke: I like these new pornographers.
govna wrote:
it comes from some prude lady in some branch of government referring to music as the "new pornography." dont know the exact quote, or who said it, but now that ive said that...doesnt it seem more clever?
Does this mean we can equivalently call them the musicers÷y? Yeah, that was a good joke...
To my ears they sound like Grey Eye Glances meets The Pentangle with a soupçon of October Project.
WE F**K with what?? sorry is funny how sounds weird (person on office ask,"what what what? we f***k with what?"
smondziel wrote:
This sounds like something off Disney's "High School Musical" soundtrack!
hahahhaahahaha!! although it is a kewl tune...
This is a great album!