The first, and most out there, experiment is "Champions of Red Wine". The electro-Neko structure of the song makes it sound much more like Stars than New Pornographers.
It seems as though the group was listening to a lot of '70s music while writing this album. "Fantasy Fools" is the band's Fleetwood Mac moment, while "Backstairs" has a vaguely CSNY feel to the vocal harmonies. The melodic "Wild Eyes" takes a laid back approach.
Thankfully, there are still a number of those catchy power pop tunes that endeared the band to us in the first place. The title track is absolutely irresistible, "Dancehall Domine" and the hard-charging "War On the East Coast" aren't too far behind. "Born With a Sound" goes back to the vocal back and forth that was behind many of The New Pornographers' best songs.
The sound gets stretched out on the masterfully-constructed "You Tell Me Where", which serves as a fitting anthem to go out on.
It's important for a band to evolve and freshen their sound. However, in the case of New Pornographers I think it was pretty damn good the way it was.
The New Pornographers play Riot Fest in Toronto on September 7th.
Best tracks: "Brill Bruisers", "Wild Eyes"
Track listing for Brill Bruisers:
- Brill Bruisers
- Champions of Red Wine
- Fantasy Fools
- War On the East Coast
- Marching Orders
- Another Drug Deal of the Heart
- Born With a Sound
- Wild Eyes
- Dancehall Domine
- You Tell Me Where