Rolling Stone's Kevin O'Donnell breaks down Together , the latest disc from Canadian-American pop collective the New Pornographers, in our weekly guide to essential new releases. Over the last decade, the band has made some of the most jubilant, endorphin-rushing indie-pop around and they continue that hot streak here. "Silver Jenny Dollar" is a galloping jam featuring the bold harmonies of singer A.C. Newman and Neko Case while songs like "Crash Years" are Sixties-style pop numbers boosted with orchestral strings and whistled melodies. Overall, Together sounds like what you'd expect from the New Pornographers, but they do manage to break out some new tricks, like "Your Hands (Together)," an awesomely heavy anthem that mixes a Black Sabbath riff with Sixties psychedelic touches.
Newman has been explaining the birth of some of Together's tracks and riffing on his favorite artists of all time as a special guest writer in our staff blog. Catch up on his latest post, on the Unclaimed, and check out the stories behind "Your Hands (Together)" and "We End Up Together."