Released: May 2010
Challengers, the New Pornographers' underrated 2007 set, may have pulled back on the ratio of alternate universe pop-rocking radio hits, but it succeeded in delivering a cohesive album experience. This 2010 release brings the stronger hooks back while introducing more intricate orchestrations and sonic departures. The band puts out fun, crowd-pleasing music for people who don't want to be seen having a good time. But the fact is, songs like "A Bite out of My Bed" and "Your Hands (Together)" are strong enough to be embraced even by the non-ironic masses.