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Left & Leaving

WeakerthansAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)


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Indie rock heroes The Weakerthans new DVD-CD Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre, set for release on March 23, offers a jubilant testament to the Winnipeg band's considerable creative powers as both literary minded songwriters and charismatic live performers. Founded in 1997 the band has deep roots in the thriving North American indie scene. The band is revered for both their powerfully ... Read more in Amazon's Weakerthans Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub City Records
  • ASIN: B00004VVWS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everthing Must Go!
2. Aside
3. Watermark
4. Pamphleteer
5. This Is A Fire Door Never Leave Open
6. Without Mythologies
7. Left And Leaving
8. Elegy For Elsabet
9. History To The Defeated
10. Exiles Among You
11. My Favourite Chords
12. Slips And Tangles

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my very favorite record--ever December 28, 2000
By Amber58
Format:Audio CD
I'm in love with this record and this band. This is punk rock for grown-ups. It's not jaded, but slightly weary. It's intelligent, political and romantic without being obtuse, preachy or sappy. It's simply beautiful. I'm constantly being asked to describe their sound (because I tend to talk about them a lot!) and I don't know how. I can not compare them with anyone else and they defy the usual genre lumping. When I first heard them I thought of the first time I heard the first Fugazi record in 1989. Not because The Weakerthans sound anything like Fugazi, but because the music they play is so original and honest, and made with such intelligence and heart. John K. Sampson's lyrics are amazingly poetic and touching. I've been lucky enough to see them live 3 times in the past few months (traveling as far as possible to do so!) and they're even better live!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Tested October 20, 2007
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
For the record I absolutely abhor Amazon.com reviews. I mean, who takes the time to write a product review? Inevitably it is either fanboys (and girls) who love everything Band X craps out or the haters who, well, hate. Everything. As a result you get either 5 or 1 star reviews to perfectly mirror the lover/hater dichotomy.

A true review takes time. How many albums have you heard that you didn't like at first and then slowly grew on you until, what do you know, it's your favorite album of all time.

I first heard of the Weakerthans from a random on-line voice who decided that Left & Leaving was one of their best albums of the year. It was long enough ago that I have no idea what year it was. Soon after I was at my local record store (RIP Music Millenium NW)and I picked it up. I consider it one of my best decisions of the last decade.

This album doesn't just contain wonderful chord changes and lyrics. It contains emotion. It will make you feel something. To me that is the best thing that can be said about any piece of art.

Buy it. Enjoy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit confused, but definitely in awe January 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ahh yes, the weakerthans. To call them "emo" would just be incorrect. To call them "folk" would be an extreme understatement. However, to take this CD at face value wouldn't be doing it any justice. I guess I expected something a little punkier (Being that they are on a punk label), but I am still having trouble finding the right words to decribe this cd. It starts out calm, and throughtful with "Everything must go." Ahh yes, there is that punky, heavier side I expected from former Propaghandi member Jahn Samson. The next two tracks are much faster, but with the same emotional lyrics. The rest of rthe album progresses with a few more folkier songs, and a few guitar heavy balads, until the thrid to last tracks which build up to a stunning climax whihc brought me to tears. Call it what you want: punk, folk, rock, but if there is one word we can all agree on for "Left and Leaving it is staggering.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chicken soup for the ear June 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If there is a type of food called comfort food, I think there should be a new genre of music called comfort music. With the Weakerthans' combination of comfortable, relaxed harmonies and witty, original, thought-provoking lyrics, I often catch myself smiling halfway through a song. The lyrics especially are my favorite thing about this band; the fact that they can be so unique that so many of us can relate to them without knowing why, and being somehow completely devoid of cliche... Although I didn't notice the worth of some of the lyrics at first, sometimes it can just click. Often, these songs can bring new meaning each time I listen, and this band has the unique ability of bringing a smile to my face even when I'm in the worst mood imaginable. If you have never heard this band, I would suggest some of my favorites: "Aside", "This Is a Fire Door Never Leave Open", or "My Favorite Chords". I also would suggest "Reconstruction Site", which is a little bit softer at times but just as poignant. I hope you enjoy what has been a remarkable music experience for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words really can't describe.... March 17, 2002
By Franky
Format:Audio CD
A two months or so ago, I picked up the Propagandhi cd, "Less Talk, More Rock" which is an awesome cd by itself. But I really the dug the songs "gifts" and "anchorless" where John Samson sung instead of the normal lead singer. Then I found out that John had left Propagandhi, and had made a band called the Weakerthans, so I pretty quickly went out and bought this one. It is truly a masterpiece of just plain music, blending pop and punk and folk and emo and everything into melodic, powerful, poetic music. The songs were slower than I expected, but they still all rock. I love the track "Everything Must Go!" and "Aside" is a very poetic, pop-punk song as opposed to the slow stuff on "Everything Must Go." The title track is probably my second favorite, and "Pampleteer" is very good also. My fav track is "Exiles Among You," which is faster and punkier than any other song on the cd, but still extremely melodic and amazing. You need this cd- it doesn't matter what kind of music you listen to. This is a stunning work of art right here, and I can't wait to get "Fallow" (when I get some cash).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars all time favorite
It's been over a decade and this CD still remains one of my all time favorites. The lyrics will captivate, the music will awe and inspire. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Two under 2
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this one.
I first heard this album when it was released, and somehow passed it by. Upon recent rediscovery, I must say that the Weakerthans are amazing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Woodrow E Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Excellent
I have yet to find a perfect album, but Left and Leaving might be the closest I ever come. John K. Samson's lyrical skills are at their finest here, and the music itself is some of... Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by Compeek
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried
I keep pulling this out again to listen, all the way through. Propaghandi + Springsteen + Prairie Home Companion + good lyrics. Read more
Published on November 22, 2009 by apophenier
4.0 out of 5 stars From Winnipeg a Band Springs Forth
Let's just say this first and get it out of the way--The Weakerthans got it going on. Singer John Sampson has some punk lineage but other than the lyrics, you really couldn't tell... Read more
Published on April 29, 2007 by M. Swinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Between Past & Present Tense
A few years ago 'Left & Leaving' by the Weakerthans, their second album, was voted in the Top 10 of the best albums ever to come out of Canada. Read more
Published on December 26, 2006 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that got me into indie
While the Weakerthans themselves are not really "indie" music, "Left and Leaving" can provide a gateway to enjoying that particular genre. This album is straight up genius. Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by James Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
There is something incredibly striking about this record -- it's one of those things that seems to appeal to everyone, but each person has their own interpretation, and each person... Read more
Published on May 28, 2005 by Ryan Nee
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it now...
This CD is really quite amazing. There isn't anything more to say than that - go experience it for yourself. You won't regret it.
Published on April 18, 2003 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars yea
holy...... i dont think i can fit my full feelings for this incredible album into 1,000 words. so ill try to be uber succinct. basically this is the best cd you will ever by. Read more
Published on April 17, 2003
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There are many Canadian gems to grace American airwaves. I'm not positive of the Weakerthans being the BEST, but I do know they are one of the top Canadian bands. Some other bands worth checking out would be Kevin Hearn & Thinbuckle, The Odds, The Arrogant Worms, Les Colocs, One Night Band,... Read More
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