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The Weakerthans

The Weakerthans: FallowFallow (1999)
G7 Welcoming Committee Records

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I'm really intimidated writing this review. I really don't think I can do this record justice. It's so unparalleled I feel intimidated just listening to it! It reminds me that I'm young, not in the sense that it makes me feel carefree, but in the sense that it reminds me that I have a life full of e.
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I'm really intimidated writing this review. I really don't think I can do this record justice. It's so unparalleled I feel intimidated just listening to it! It reminds me that I'm young, not in the sense that it makes me feel carefree, but in the sense that it reminds me that I have a life full of experiences ahead. It makes me feel like Slackers did - it makes me want to go to foreign countries and experience things. The Weakerthans' lyrics make me want to go to "An all night restaurant" and trace outlines in spilt sugar, it makes me want to see the stopped clocks "At the corner of Albert Street", to lie "naked in the rain... singing Boney M". The lyrics seem to document the sad end of a relationship so personally that the listener becomes more a voyeur than a casual passer by. The accompanying music is exactly the appropriate soundtrack, with many different moods, from the sad, Dylan-esque 'Sounds Familiar', a solo acoustic piece with a performance that leaves the listener truly breathless, to the (as much as I hate to use this word, but it's so appropriate) rocking 'Confessions of a Futon-Revolutionist', which boasts possibly the best lyrics I am ever likely to hear. The only trace of John K Samson's past on this album - 'Anchorless', which first appeared on Propagandhi's 'Less Talk More Rock' - has been changed almost beyond recognition, listening to it is almost like meeting your childhood best friend 20 years on and finding them matured and almost unrecognisable. However, I have never experienced that, but this album reminds me that I have a whole life of such experiences ahead. Appeared originally at Pacer Webzine

 

 
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onefriday (May 13, 2004)

To the Guy who mentioned the Propagandhi split 7inch, that version also features Jord on back ground vocals, if i am not mistaken...

Anonymous (August 21, 2001)

Weakerthans are absolutely great,
but who really likes them will like their second album even more.

layawayplan (July 15, 2001)

"Letter or Resignation" is actually an older song. The old version featured just John K. singing and playing an undistorted guitar. It was released as a Propagandhi song, but didn't have any of the other members. It was the only Propagandhi song on a split 7" with FYP on Recess Records.

Anonymous (July 13, 2001)

the weakerthans are amazing

Anonymous (July 13, 2001)

Very good review. The first time I listened to the Wakerthans i didnt see them as any more than another pop punk band... with the exception of JKS's solo acoustic songs... But this band grew on me so much. Just pay attention to the lyrics... they are incredible.

"We left that light on way too long now.
Let's plant a bomb at city-hall and kill an MLA.
We'll talk the night away. You call in sick, I'll quit the word-games that I play.
I swear I way more than half believe it when I say that somewhere love and justice shine.
Cynicism falls asleep.
Tyranny talks to itself.
Sappy slogans all come true.
We forget to feed our fear."

Anonymous (July 13, 2001)

Nicely done review.

punky (July 13, 2001)

Yeah a great album and a great band. John is much better off with
Weakerthans, but then, Propagandhi are better of without him.Win/win situation.

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