THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - Whiteout Conditions

The New Pornographers have another album for us, and we hear that it’s a banger. This is the first time they are sadly missing Dan Bejar, who is working on dropping a solo album, so we’ll see if they fill the void well. Here’s a song-by-song breakdown of Whiteout Conditions.





1. “Play Money”

This opener gives me a slow rock vibe with electronic elements.

2. “Whiteout Conditions”

The title song picks up the pace with a little more teen angst (but aren’t these guys old?). Light melodies in the chorus contrast with the dejected lyrics.

3. “High Ticket Attractions”

With such an interesting verse and bridge composition, the chorus is a bit of a let down. Regardless, airy synths and the combined vocals of Carl (A.C.) Newman and Kathryn Calder make this a pretty addition to the album.

4. “This is the World of the Theatre”

Slowing down the lyrics and bringing in more acoustic sounds, this song makes you feel like you’re on a high adventure with all your high animal friends.

5. “Darling Shade”

This is a song my dad would headbang to. And as funny as that would be, it would also make me vomit.

6. “Second Sleep”

What are these amazing harmonies??? OK, besides that this song is kind of odd but I guess that’s sort of the point.

7. “Colosseums”

A xylophone that KILLS.

8. “We’ve Been Here Before”

Ethereal af, slow af, different af. I love it.

9. “Juke”

OK how do I describe this song without sounding like a bitch? It’s heavy and a little honky-tonk, but then turns alternative??? The constant change of style sort of just puts my face in a permanent state of disgust and I really don’t dig:/

10. “Clockwise”

This track brings back the airy sound I so much love from this band!!! Thank the porn gods!

11. “Avalanche Alley”

Kind of a lame closer but a fun track on its own.





Alright, so honestly it’s impressive that The New Pornographers can come out with a SEVENTH album and it’s this good. How do you have more ideas? How have you not broken up??? So many questions. This album tends to stick to a pop-rock combo, so it’s nice when they try to incorporate different genre influences, although they sometimes come up short. Most songs have the same format, while I personally prefer variation in length and progression throughout an album. While many of the members have had considerable solo success, like A.C. Newman, their sound together effectively appeals to teenage listeners by combining the ever so loved retro aspect with new electronic elements and catchy melodies. So, this one’s for you, angsty high schooler whose parents just don’t understand them.

~ Taylor Connors
RATING: 4/5 MOUNTS