After a three-year hiatus, when A.C. Newman, Kurt Dahle, and Neko Case (swoon!) were busy working on other projects, The New Pornographers have at long last rejoined to make their new album, Together. In addition to featuring the group’s original members, the album (which hits stores today!) also includes collaborations with Annie Clark of St. Vincent, Zach Condon of Beirut, and Will Sheff of Okkervil River.
While the album is chock full of indie power-pop amazingness, “Crash Years,” the album’s second track, is an absolute knockout. The song’s lyrics broach the subject of the recession (“Traffic was slow for the crash years”), but its tempo is brisk and upbeat, and the cello’s central riff provides the perfect low-toned complement to the higher pitched whistling and Case’s intoxicating vocals.
What do you think? Are you glad the band’s members rejoined for the making of Together, or are they each better off pursuing independent work?