Reunion Tour - The Weakerthans
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  • Summary: The Canadian band's fourth studio album, again produced by Ian Blurton.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Listening to The Weakerthans makes me feel young and happy and hopeful.
  2. Their steadily, sturdily conventional rock and roll is more compelling and rich than most people would admit as they're busy gawking at the sight of the Amazing Lyricist and his Kinda Weak Voice.
  3. The band sounds quieter and richer than ever.
  4. 80
    This is a rock record, and Samson's band functions as the sharp teeth to his lucid tongue. [Jan 2008, p.112]
  5. Musically, Reunion has flashes of Wilco-esque brilliance, but it's mostly a blank slate on which Samson is free to squiggle his wise, weary verse.
  6. I can identify the album’s merits and appreciate the craftsmanship but, to employ my second cliché in too short a span of time, the magic is gone.
  7. The music is terribly dull, like a watered-down Weezer. [Dec 2007, p.125]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. sdj.
    Oct 13, 2007
    10
    The weakerthans are by far my favourite band and this release did not disappoint. This is a solid effort and has fewer lows than Reconstruction Site. The band has mellowed since Left and Leaving but the lyrics are still some of the best in the biz. Expand
  2. jkerelio
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    An excellent new album. A shade better than Reconstruction Site and without the high peaks of Left and Leaving. I love an album which has a great back half! Expand
  3. MikefromMaine
    Oct 10, 2007
    8
    The Weakerthans are one band that can definitely claim to having their own sound, which they combine that with lyrics that, at times, seem more than like poetry. It all come together very nicely, with a collection that features both quiet moments, and some great burst of power pop guitars. The only issue I have is that they there's not much musically different from their excellent previous collection, "Reconstruction Site," which isn't necessarily a bad thing, because you really come back to the Weakerthans for the the new poems, which all find emotion in the small things that make up life. Vritute the Cat is back, this time to tell the tell of her departure, in probably the saddest piece about a pet I've ever heard. Expand