Weightlifting - Trash Can Sinatras

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

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
    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
    this album is a gift for us!!!
  3. JimC
    May 3, 2005
    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 »