Some would argue that the existence of the New Pornographers as a recording concern renders superfluous any similarly quirky pop albums that Carl Newman might make with an alternate set of musicians to do his bidding. But even those not-quite-as-good AC Newman releases are more than mere vanity projects.
Get Guilty proves that the often undervalued contributions of Newman's New Pornos mates are unique, valuable and ultimately essential to maintaining the group's lofty status. This disc comes off like an early home demo for a mediocre New Pornographers recording before all the bright colours and drama get added.
Top track: Submarines Of Stockholm
AC Newman gets down at Lee's Palace March 11.