First of all, the album is really fucking good. You should go buy it right now. You will not regret the purchase.
However, there is a slight caveat. “Challengers” is a grower. It’s not a love at first listen kind of album. It will take you a few listens to warm up to the back and forth singing thing going on in “Myriad Harbor” or the way Neko sings “deus ex machina, good morning Christina” (though once you learn that lyric is a little tip of the hat to the new Mrs. Carl Newman it might make you want to vomit in jealousy, but that might just be me).
Once you let “Challengers” grow on you a little bit, I am sure you will love it as much as I do. It’s not ground-breaking by any stretch of the imagination. It will not smack you around and make your heart race like the first time you heard Mass Romantic, (but then that will never happen again). It is New Pornographers goodness, and in a year rife with disappointing follow-ups (erm, Wilco, The Shins, and well, frankly, that new Rilo Kiley album is unlistenable garbage), good makes me absolutely giddy.