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Challengers

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Steven Dewall

Might be time to change that band name: Four albums in, the Canadian power-popsters are starting to feel…old. For every song that summons youthful energy (”All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth”), there’s a tired ballad like Challengers‘ title track, which makes little use of co-singer Neko Case’s robust pipes. Despite a few other joyful diversions like ”Myriad Harbour,” you’re left with the feeling that this sluggish band of New Pornographers isn’t quite up to its latest challenge. B-
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