Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Winnipeg, Canada-based group led by former Propagandhi member John K. Samson.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. As wonderfully crafted an album as Reconstruction Site is, some listeners will be put off by its perceived highbrow attitude; it's too scholarly for the masses, too pop-smart for the avant garde set.
  2. It's an outstanding piece of work -- literate, catchy, and emotional.
  3. This would be an easy record to (dis)miss; aside from the intellectual reaching... it glides by fairly effortlessly on initial listenings. But textures -- Stephen Carroll's lap/pedal steel guitar, Sarah Harmer's cozy backing vocals that make the band sound like a more laid-back New Pornographers, Jason Tait's tight, emotional drumming and the warmth of vibes and glockenspiel -- reveal themselves long after the lyricism ceases to delight.
  4. An album that's smart at every level.
  5. 80
    A catchy rock record steeped in intelligent social and personal commentary that incorporates pedal and lap steel with great cowpunk results. [#60, p.119]
  6. Musically, Reconstruction Site has more in common with literate indie types like Clem Snide or even the mature, clear-eyed work of Michael Penn.
  7. Throughout it's fourteen tracks, there's no doubting The Weakerthans are smart guys who keep up with literature and politics, but over the course of an entire album the band's ambitious literary posturing drowns in the bland songwriting and lack of captivating hooks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
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  1. JasonS
    Oct 27, 2003
    By far the best thing that has come out of Winnipeg (music wise). I have been following the band since they started . . . I was even at the first show (They opened for the Offspring). Expand
  2. NikkiN
    Oct 2, 2003
    Listen to it. Learn it. Love it.
  3. PatW
    Oct 27, 2006
    This band is the best thing Canada has ever done.
  4. MichaelP
    Apr 12, 2004
    This album is a triumph. I'm glad it exists.
  5. MarcL
    Jul 18, 2006
    Quite simply the perfect album. Catchy music, lyrical genius, no egotistical tirades
  6. ChrisH.
    Jun 4, 2008
    Don't know if you could find another album with such solid lyrics and music, except maybe Left and Leaving.
  7. R.
    Mar 9, 2008
    While there are some great tunes on this cd; especially "Elks Lodge" and "Plea from a Cat Named Virtute," I prefer the "Left & Leaving" and "Reunion Tour" cd's. "Left & Leaving" should be included on most top ten lists, for 2000 and overall; its easily a 10+. Expand

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