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  • Vinyl (November 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B005P89EPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everything 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

Editorial Reviews

Anti/Epitaph Records are thrilled to be re-releasing two seminal albums by the band. For the first time the acclaimed band's catalogue has been united, as their classic albums Fallow (1997) and Left And Leaving (2000) join more recent Anti offerings including the critically heralded Reunion Tour, of which Paste magazine said, "If such a prize existed, it would be the leading candidate for this year's Punk Pulitzer."

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They are simply two of the best cd's one could ever hope to buy.
Karla
Wow . . . what an intense combination of beautiful pop music and clever, incisive, interesting lyrics.
Carl Johnson
Every song on the album is excellent, especially the slower songs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amber58 on December 28, 2000
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 A Kid's Review on October 20, 2007
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 By Goober Kalka on 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 By Penny Lane on 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 By Franky on March 17, 2002
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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