Whiteout Conditions

The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions
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Based on 20 reviews
2017 Ratings: #305 / 717
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Based on 75 ratings
2017 Ratings: #378
April 7, 2017 / Release Date
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While The New Pornographers’ appealing quirks abound, their melodic gifts rightfully steal the show.

Pretty Much Amazing

The album sags slightly in the middle, and one wonders if his touch might have added an interesting surprise here and there. But the heart of the New Pornographers, an undeniable chemistry and pop sensibility, remains and thrives.

The Skinny

Their new approach chiefly serves to highlight not just the excellence of their new ideas, but what was always so good about them in the first place: these are really fucking good songs.

Slant Magazine

While the band has always gussied up Newman's hooks with all manner of ear-candy window dressing, Whiteout Conditions is the first New Pornos album where the arrangements are just as much of a focal point as the melodies.

The Independent

Musically ... there’s a drive and urgency about Whiteout Conditions that whisks one along regardless, their usual indie-pop mode here strengthened by layers of fast, bubbly synths and pulsing Eurocentric beats.


They're firing on all cylinders on Whiteout Conditions, working as one to deliver their most cohesive — and one of their best — albums to date.

The Guardian

Songs about depression, society and the environment sound euphoric, with elements of 80s synth pop and 90s fuzz and the racing tempos only slowing slightly for evocative closer Avalanche Alley.


You can dance to the music on Whiteout Conditions; you can also tap your feet, sing along, or just ponder its literacy if you prefer, and it will be rewarding under any circumstance.

NOW Magazine

Unless you’re only listening for Bejar, Whiteout Conditions should not only satisfy but also open your mind to just how versatile the New Pornographers can be.


‘Whiteout Conditions’ is a consistently engaging and occasionally irresistible collection of pop songs, carried off with the unmistakable assurance of old hands.


It may not reach the heights of their early material, but this daring album promises the band will be around for at least another 17 years.


There’s a lovely playful feeling to the whole album – as if the band wanted to make an 80’s sounding album, but without all the unnecessary digital nonsense that would drag the whole thing into the past.


The New Pornographers’ seventh album is a peppy team effort, rich with new wave synths and closely blended harmonies. It’s their first LP without Dan Bejar, and lacks his stranger inklings.


Newman, Case, and Calder are wonderful as always and with Newman providing the melodic earworms, Whiteout Conditions is another strong addition to the band’s already excellent discography.

Under The Radar

At this point, they have their formula down. That formula is, of course, a dozen or so power-pop gems, mostly written by Newman and occasionally sung by the golden-throated Neko Case.

Northern Transmissions

Without a bad song in the bunch, it’s hard to complain about Whiteout Conditions, but with memorable moments few and far between and most song’s coming out just better than average, it never hits the same amount of highs as even their previous outing.

Consequence of Sound

Some of the songs feel too sterile and Pornos-by-numbers; others are derivative in a way the band rarely is. Overall, it would have been more successful as a five-song mini-LP than as a full-length.

A.V. Club

Nifty studio trickery abounds—voices are stacked, bent, and warped, and “Juke” revolves around a loop of what’s either popping lips or a wood block—but this might be the first New Pornographers release where the backdrops are more memorable than the melodies.

This album starts at such a driving tempo and does so for a solid five straight songs (16th notes in every song?) ... but sort of limps in the middle portion (esp. songs 6-9) ... good to hear no Behar vocals

this is a band that always plays to its strengths and has decided to add more focus on production this time around ... an always enjoyable band

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Si se pudiera definir al Whiteout Conditions en una palabra, la adecuada sería mediocre. A pesar que hay elementos que destacan, hay otros componentes que no logran hacer un aporte a la suma total del séptimo esfuerzo de los oriundos de Vancouver.

Canciones Favoritas: High Ticket Attractions, This Is The World of The Theater, Colosseums.
Harmonies and melodies a plenty, per usual. What is instantly noticeable is the toned-down drum sound as the band moves forward without Kurt Dahle behind the kit. Gone are the Bonham-inspired pounding present on albums like Twin Cinema. But it's still damn good!
Time after time after time did these melodies infuse the music with brilliance, identity, and personality, and although similar in sound and purpose these songs all reached a wonderfully high level in sensational delight, which makes this an awesome work that I will certainly be considering for best album of the year. My Score: 157/180 (Great) = 87/100
Sans Dan Bejar [Destroyer], the new release titled, 'Whiteout Conditions' packs a Pop wallop aplenty. And, while I do agree Bejar's previous contributions added tremendously to the band, it's A.C. Newman who pens this stuff while the supporting cast of truly deft musicians surrounding him make for yet again another terrific record. To this beginning, let me suggest the following: If you are a fan, you'll buy it. If you are uncertain, borrow it from your local library. Track sample via Amazon ... read more
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Track List

  1. Play Money
  2. Whiteout Conditions
  3. High Ticket Attractions
  4. This Is the World of the Theatre
  5. Darling Shade
  6. Second Sleep
  7. Colosseums
  8. We've Been Here Before
  9. Juke
  10. Clockwise
  11. Avalanche Alley
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