Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2014 Ratings: #202 / 956
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Based on 95 ratings
2014 Ratings: #254
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August 26, 2014 / Release Date
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Consequence of Sound

It’s the arrangements that are fascinating, the studio tricks and ensemble mindset the band utilized to once more capture lightning in a bottle.


Some days, all I can listen to is “Dancehall Domine”; on other days, it’s “Marching Orders” or “Backstairs.” Yet, put together in order, I find my interest waning and my attention wandering.

The Skinny

Sweet and simple doesn’t just fall in your lap; ‘effortless’ takes effort, and crafting melodies as perfectly proportioned and catchy as those driving Brill Bruisers is an estimable achievement 


For fans of the New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers is the best-case scenario: an album that captures the spirit of the group's classic work while simultaneously pushing into new territory. 


If you have a grand desire to take on the world and want a suitable indie rock soundtrack, Brill Bruisers will certainly do the trick, and if this isn't the best effort to date from the New Pornographers, it most certainly doesn't disappoint.


Tinged with Grandaddy and full of hooks that twinkle like the diodes on a robot from 1984, this is an obscenely enjoyable return.

American Songwriter

With Brill Bruisers providing another example of their amazing chemistry, it seems more and more likely history will show that this group was meant to be their day job all along.


While tracklists on past records could be easily segregated by singer, there’s a greater degree of vocal trade-offs and harmonic interplay that heightens the communal, celebratory sense of occasion.

The 405

Even if they might not be able to quite recreate the same magic that they did on their early albums, The New Pornographers still behold a wealth of talent, and when it comes together just right - as it does a fair number of times on Brill Bruisers - the result is truly triumphant.

Under The Radar

Brill Bruisers is hardly an exercise in wavering self-belief; rather, it's as accomplished and engaging as anything they've done.

A.V. Club

It’s no longer enough for a New Pornographers composition to be merely catchy, even if most of Brill Bruisers’ tracks are sneakily so.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s hard to pick too many faults with a record that sees a band that previously have always sought to temper the upbeat nature of their own brand of indie rock in one way or another instead just casting off the shackles and making a brilliantly boisterous LP

Drowned in Sound

Brill Bruisers is very good, informed by the baroque-pop ornamentation of Together, but with a return to the concision, melodicism and dynamism of the band’s first three records. 


Although unlikely to have any individual impact on CBC’s all-time song chart, it’s yet another consistently good all-round album out of Canada.

Rolling Stone

And so goes another all-star indie-rock Pornos cage match, with Neko Case, per usual, nearly stealing the show ("Marching Orders"). Final score: a dark, frothy stalemate.

Worth a listen
Fav Tracks: Brill Bruisers, Fantasy Fools, War On The East Coast
So what if I'm a sucker for Pop, power or otherwise? And then there's my love of so much of what Newman, Case & Bejar contribute to modern pop music that keep sme smiling as the sound washes over the room. This CD is no exception. A joy to behold.
They've been going in this direction for some time, sadly. A mostly corny ,more single driven power pop album sprinkling in all the cliches of contemporary pop rock.
This was a solid indie pop album. Strong lyrics with good tunes. However, there is nothing immensely memorable that comes from this record. Nonetheless, it's a nice record to listen to.
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Track List

  1. Brill Bruisers
  2. Champions of Red Wine
  3. Fantasy Fools
  4. War On The East Coast
  5. Backstairs
  6. Marching Orders
  7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart
  8. Born With A Sound
  9. Wide Eyes
  10. Dancehall Domine
  11. Spidyr
  12. Hi-Rise
  13. You Tell Me Where
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Added on: June 10, 2014