Weightlifting - Trash Can Sinatras
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. An important, modestly beautiful album that is both heartbreaking and conversely optimistic--an exceptional piece of work that begs to be discovered. [#7]
  2. Weightlifting is stellar TCS, expressing everything great about the band.
  3. 90
    Tender, wise, compassionate and magnanimous, it's a special, special record for anyone who has ever hurt. [Dec 2004, p.114]
  4. Listening to the record makes you feel like it was 1993 again, in a good way. In a melodic, honest and jangly kind of way. In a way that makes you think "nobody makes records like this anymore".
  5. It's startlingly good, better than an eight-year-layoff album has any right to be.
  6. 80
    Weightlifting isn't unusually exceptional; it simply keeps the chain of magnificence unbroken. [#12, p.101]
  7. 70
    It's frequently lush and lovely. [Dec 2004, p.150]
  8. It's a welcome, bliss-smacked comeback. [#13, p.121]
  9. A triumph tempered by doubt, an accomplished collection of conflicted feelings and guarded optimism.
  10. The Trashcans toil on their songs, and at times, it shows -- but all it takes is the 4:10 melodic blizzard of "All the Dark Horses" to sum up what all that sweat was about: birthing pure bliss.
  11. Weightlifting settles into an alternately joyful and reflective string of smart, gentle pop songs that should have fans of The Smiths and/or Crowded House waxing weepily nostalgic.
  12. Chock-full of well-textured pop reveries. [16 Sep 2004, p.80]
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. EdwardL
    Jul 25, 2006
    9
    Over the top reviews, an upcoming gig and the long forgotten pleasure of having listened to them in the 90's prompted me to buy this album. At first i was left wondering where the TCS sound of old was. It all seemed too polished. The title track was a little too immediately listenable. However, after the nth time listening the rest of the tracks started to reveal their subtle understated strengths. I kept coming back and re-appreciating this album. To me that's the hallmark of a great album. I'd give it a 10 but i live in hope that this could get better Very rewarding listening. Comparisons to the smiths are not unfounded...but this does stand solidly on it's own ground. Full Review »
  2. rodrigor
    Apr 21, 2006
    10
    this album is a gift for us!!!
  3. JimC
    May 3, 2005
    10
    An absolute masterpiece - traverses the entire spectrum of emotion, leaving the listener to hit "repeat" again and again. The album epitomizes this band perfectly - gorgeous lilting lyrics with layered guitars. A Gem! Full Review »