Shut Down the Streets

A.C. Newman - Shut Down the Streets
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Based on 14 reviews
2012 Ratings: #275 / 946
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Based on 12 ratings
October 9, 2012 / Release Date
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Indie Pop / Genres
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By opening up, by giving a glimpse into the heart behind those heart-stopping melodies, Newman’s written his best songs in nearly a decade.

Beats Per Minute

He has nimbly moved on to a deeper, more profound set of topics without losing his identity, and Shut Down the Streets successfully infuses what could fly as an intimate acoustic set with contagious pop hooks.

A.V. Club

It’s the rare adult album that isn’t a self-indulgent bore.

Under The Radar

As is the case with all of Newman’s work, there are plenty of surprises here, many of which reflect the surprises of the death and birth of loved ones. 


A would-be song cycle, Streets finds Newman opening up like never before, but it's ultimately stymied by a lack of nerve.

Consequence of Sound

As the record wears on, no matter how many times you listen to it straight through, you wait for a moment that never seems to come…

Fav Tracks: Wasted English, I'm Not Talking , Strings
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Track List

  1. I'm Not Talking 
  2. Do Your Own Time 
  3. You Could Get Lost Out Here 
  4. Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns 
  5. There's Money In New Wave 
  6. Strings 
  7. Hostages 
  8. Wasted English 
  9. The Troubadour 
  10. They Should Have Shut Down the Streets
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Added on: September 28, 2012