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]

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