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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B0000AGWJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (Manifest)
2. The Reasons
3. Reconstruction Site
4. Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call
5. Plea From A Cat Named Virtute
6. Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961)
7. Time's Arrow
8. (Hospital Vespers)
9. Uncorrected Proofs
10. A New Name For Everything
11. One Great City!
12. Benediction
13. The Prescience Of Dawn
14. (Past-Due)

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John Sampson continues to sharpen the contrast between the noisy agitprop of his former band Propagandhi and the low-key melodicism of his current one on this, the Winnipeg-based Weakerthans third full album. Forcefully literate (Sampson spent time between his two musical projects writing and launching a small publishing business) yet wed to a coolly urgent alt-pop musical sense that nicely underplays his self-conscious musings on personal obsessions that variously take in the title track's introspective impressionism, the poisonous nature of nostalgic, ritual cronyism on "Psalm For the Elks Lodge Last Call," and the acoustic poison-pen letter to his native Winnipeg, "One Great City." Propelled by a straightforward, occasionally jangly electric guitar assault, yet lightly seasoned with deft horn touches, pedal steel and simple harmonies, it's an album that's smart at every level. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

Simply beautifully crafted, poetic, harmonious music and lyrics.
"jadedwombat"
It is the type of album that you can play on repeat (without skipping a track, of course) over and over and over and enjoy it just as much everytime.
Michelle Paquette
I can't think of the right words to describe how amazing this album is.
"xlenorex"

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rob Tebeau on August 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album has no business being this good. After Left and Leaving and Fallow, I was extremely wary about buying the newest Weakerthans album because I thought there was NO chance that it would be anywhere near as brilliant as those two albums. I've been disappointed lately by new albums from my old favorite bands, and I was setting myself up for a major disappointment.
That said, this is the best Weakerthans release yet. I don't say that flippantly. The first two albums were works of genius, and this one is BETTER than either of the first two. I defy anyone to name a bad Weakerthans song. The lyrics are clever, heartbreaking, and profound. I've heard them referred to as "literate". That's 100% appropriate.
The music is technically sound. The album exists as individual songs and as a unified whole.
And once again, John K Samson's vocals are AMAZINGLY good.
This album is smarter than emo or punk, but is more listenable than most intelli-art-rock garbage. It's punky, folsky, serious music that makes me laugh. I'm an English major, and very picky about literature, but I can unabashedly say that this is poetry set to music.
This album is perfect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RKR in FLA on December 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
They're my favorite band and I'm 50. They're my daughter's favorite band and she's 14. I'm not sure what that means but I'll bet it means something. Every Saturday we have to drive to another city ninety minutes away, and we listen to The Weakerthans both going and coming. Like just about every other reviewer here, I'm amazed by the wit and beauty of the lyrics. Many songwriters who are particularly gifted lyricists - Springsteen comes to mind - give the impression of writing the lyrics first and then jamming them into a melody as best they can. But in these songs everything fits; the words and music carry each other along perfectly, no matter how long or complex the sentences may be (e.g., "I don't want a second chance to turn my stuttering reluctance into romance, with these documents and kindergarten anthems, with my drunken liturgies"). There's lots about this album I have yet to understand, like why three of the songs, the ones in parentheses, share the same melody. Obviously they're connected, but how? I guess I'll have to keep listening to find out. Not the worst fate I can imagine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matilda on February 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I must say, if this cd had completely different lyrics, I would not have bought it. The lyrics make the album. And I must also say, the music is not always spectacular, but I love the originality, humor, and intelligence in these lyrics. There are probably 3 or 4 great songs that I love on this album, the others having good lyrics but not spectacular music. Some songs have elements of country music, which I'm not a huge fan of, with slide guitars and what not. But when I listen to the songs, I just listen to the lyrics and I don't really care about the other stuff. If that bothers you, don't buy this album. But otherwise, I hope you appreciate the intelligence and originality that makes this album what it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "jadedwombat" on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have never loved three consecutive albums by any band as much as The Weakerthans three releases. The only string of albums by one band that even comes close in my mind is Bad Religion in the late 80s with "Suffer," "No Control" and "Against the Grain." But The Weakerthans blow those three releases out of the water. Simply beautifully crafted, poetic, harmonious music and lyrics.
I, like a previous reviewer, was nervous upon picking up "Reconstruction Site." The band had left G7 Welcoming Committee to join Epitaph. Nothing against Epitaph at all, but change can sometimes be bad. Not in this case. Basically, more people will get to hear The Weakerthans now. And, while I don't want to see them on MTV anytime soon, some recognition in the United States for this amazing Canadian foursome wouldn't be a bad thing.
They are also a tremendous live band. I just caught them in Austin on Monday night (09/24/03), and they had the audience captivated for an almost-two-hour set. They played a great mix of new and old, only leaving out one song I really wanted to hear, "Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call." I'm not going to try to nail them down into one category, because their songs jump all over from punk to country to folk to slam poetry to straight-ahead rock 'n' roll.
I picked up a copy of The Weakerthans "Fallow" a few years back because it had a cover of "Anchorless," originally done by singer John Samson's previous band, Propagandhi. Samson had always been my favorite part of Propagandhi, and since he left I haven't really liked their efforts. Luckily I can still hear Samson on The Weakerthans, because he truly is a musical/lyrical genius.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SKM on March 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Any one of these qualities is extremely hard to find in any band around today, so it's something like a miracle that the Weakerthans have all three.

The reviewer who said anyone who says you'll like this if you like DCFC is a liar, is probably right. DCFC is pretentious and callow, with a lyricist that always seems like he's trying to prove to the world that he's smart and songs that are more heavy handed than touching. Basically they sound like a bunch of slightly above average teenagers who somehow think they're brilliant. I should know. I'm a teenager. I actually kind of like DCFC (except transatlanticism which is plagued with bad metaphors about clouds over the atlantic), they're of my kind. But the Weakerthans completely blow them away in all respects.

The Weakerthans songs (authored by John K Samson, yeah, the Propaghandi dude) are imbued with this weird sort of quirky self-evident cleverness. He doesn't have to prove anything, because he's smart. We know he's smart and literate. It comes across in the songs, despite or because of their beautiful simplicity. End of story. They're intelligent, they're earnest, they're touching, they're great. The man is an excellent writer, he's talented, got a great gift. Period. The rock in a weird folksy sort of way and I've been ADDICTED to these CDs and they haven't annoyed me yet.

DCFC wears me out every other week (that's the pretention in the lyrics it gets annoying quick).

So, yeah, if you like DCFC you might not like the Weakerthans. But then again if you like Stephen King you might not like Dostoevsky. It's the difference between being pretty good, and pretty f***ing awesome.
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