Provincial - John K. Samson
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  • Summary: The Weakerthans' lead singer releases his debut solo full-length album.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. Jan 24, 2012
    87
    Provincial is fully formed-far closer to a Weakerthans album--and with some different collaborators to add some new textures, especially chamber arrangements.
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    80
    Still on offer are his immaculately crafted lyrics and preoccupation with place.
  3. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    Samson's words are the star of the show, and their ornate depictions of rural Canada, soft romantic devotion and computer programming make Provincial a quietly beautiful experience.
  4. Feb 1, 2012
    75
    Provincial is an immensely enjoyable album, to be sure, but the suspicion lingers that it could've been pushed into "career highlight" territory with just an extra little push.
  5. Jan 26, 2012
    70
    It could easily pass for one of the group's previous efforts. Anyone familiar with the Weakerthans' catalog will realize immediately that's a good thing.
  6. Jan 20, 2012
    70
    It's a sharp effort taken in pieces, but as a whole, it's a little lacking.
  7. Feb 6, 2012
    60
    It's the quirky structures and finely drawn lyrical observations that provide the real hooks here. [28 Jan 2012, p.53]

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