The New Pornographers flip this axiom on its head on their eighth album, In the Morse Code of Brake Lights , where all sense of liberation is undercut by a suspicion that whoever is behind the wheel may be headed toward danger. Such a shift in tone is deliberate, a reflection of changes within the New Pornographers as well as the culture at large. Newman now stands as its lone songwriter and producer. Busy with family obligations, bassist John Collins decided not to share production duties with Newman this time around, while the mercurial Dan Bejar opted to sit out, save a lyric or two. Stripped of such excesses, the band seems harder and tougher than they have in a while, maybe since the days of Twin Cinema. A lot has changed since , not the least being a global political lurch toward the right.
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Presented as a musical collective of singer-songwriters and musicians from multiple projects, the band has released eight studio albums to critical acclaim for their use of multiple vocalists and elements of power pop incorporated into their music. The New Pornographers' name was chosen by Carl Newman , who has said that he came up with it after watching a Japanese film called The Pornographers. A live album recorded on their tour is available only at concerts and on the band's website. From to , either a New Pornographers' album or a solo album from one of the band's members ranked in the top 40 on the list each year.