A.C. Newman: The Slow Wonder
The Slow Wonder
Pop the Power Pop Cork
He has the knack. And I ain't talkin' 'bout the guys who did My Sharona— although everything he writes is as catchy as that little ditty from hell— I'm talkin' the knack of writing a killer hook. Whether you prefer A.C. or Carl, Mr. Newman is easily on a par with Badly Drawn Boy, John Vanderslice, and Spoon front man Britt Daniel— and boldly reaching for the coattails of, oh god forbid (please address all letters to the editor), Brian Wilson and The Beatles.
You will likely know of Newman's connection to Canadian power pop champions, The New Pornographers (it's umbilical), their music is a great wave of sound that overpowers you— like that old tilt-a-whirl carnival ride with your fave Top 40 hit blasting into your 13 year old ears. Newman's solo work is sparser, drier. To use another analogy, The New Pornographers are the juicy cascade of sweet seedless grapes you can't stop popping into your mouth, while Newman is what is pressed and bottled from those same grapes— a rich, red wine for a more adult palate.
Reach for Newman's new CD, The Slow Wonder, which boasts the track "Drink to me, Babe, then..." it's vintage.
Just don't sniff the cork.
Alan Williamson *Sixeyes