Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Weakerthans are from Canada and feature an ex member of Propaghandi and current member of Broken Social Scene. With music that channels the spirit of punk, alt-country, rock and folk, the band look set to build on the intense critical acclaim that greeted their last album Reconstruction Site. For fans of Wilco, Bright Eyes and Death Cab For Cutie
Spin (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "On REUNION TOUR, John K. Samson's imagistic descriptions of loneliness, desperation, and yearning...are fleshed out with chiming guitars and warm synths."
Uncut (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s rich in detail and psychological nuance as a short-story collection, ranging from the existential still life to wildly imaginative pieces..."
Alternative Press (p.172) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "REUNION TOUR further cements the Weakerthans' status as legitimate rock 'n' roll tastemakers."
No Depression (p.101) - "The band goes for melodically sympathetic rock arrangements, with some guitar crunch and moog whirr."
The Weakerthans: John K. Samson (guitar); Stephen Carrol (guitars); Jason Tait (banjo); Greg Smith (bass guitar).
Additional personnel: Izabella Budai (flute); Michael Barth, Julie Penner (trumpet); Tyler Greenleaf (trombone); Sean Dealy (snare drum).
The Weakerthans never broke up, but simply took four years to record REUNION TOUR--their fourth full-length and second for Epitaph Records. REUNION TOUR features all the hallmarks that have made this band one of Canada's finest: hook-laden songs confident in their instrumental economy and structural directness; literate lyrics, and melodies that lend the simple musical backdrops intelligence and weight. The album was recorded in a factory in a Manitoba winter during off-hours, but you'd never know it, as these songs smolder with a passion and wit that belies their frigid beginnings.
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