Reconstruction Site

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The title of the Weakerthans' third full-length LP is appropriate, because even if it's not meant to, Reconstruction Site is a great way to describe the most defined document yet of singer, principal songwriter, and guitarist John Samson's trajectory from the punk rock of Propagandhi to the Weakerthans' quietly determined indie pop. While his former group was as concerned with social change as it was with a lockstep drum beat, Samson's recent work has traded power-chord fury for the slow-burning -- but no less hot -- embers of fully realized, deceptively simple pop
ock that brings the songwriter's flair for metaphor to stage front. Like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The title of the Weakerthans' third full-length LP is appropriate, because even if it's not meant to, Reconstruction Site is a great way to describe the most defined document yet of singer, principal songwriter, and guitarist John Samson's trajectory from the punk rock of Propagandhi to the Weakerthans' quietly determined indie pop. While his former group was as concerned with social change as it was with a lockstep drum beat, Samson's recent work has traded power-chord fury for the slow-burning -- but no less hot -- embers of fully realized, deceptively simple pop
ock that brings the songwriter's flair for metaphor to stage front. Like the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, whose intelligence and wit seep into every corner of his work, the odd, sometimes grandiose song titles of Reconstruction Site are headings for lyrics that revisit pet Samson topics -- the beauty/hell of life in Winnipeg, destructive/confusing personal relationships, and personal ethics as a reaction to the welfare state. The latter, detailed in "Our Retired Explore Dines With Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961," is some heady stuff, to be sure. But Samson just as easily personifies a pussycat in "Plea from a Cat Named Virtue," where his tabby takes him to task for "sleeping as much as I do." Though Virtue is afraid of Samson's sister's basset hound, he encourages his owner to stop "repeating the self-defeating lies you've been repeating since the day you brought me home." Musically, Reconstruction Site has more in common with literate indie types like Clem Snide or even the mature, clear-eyed work of Michael Penn. The dissonant chords of punk and hardcore have been replaced by plucked guitars with a country feel "[Manifest]," and "Time's Arrows"; the harmony-laded "Benediction" even employs a full-on pedal steel guitar. The acoustic "One Great City!" is the album's most lyrically acidic track; an Edward Hopper-esque study of bitter characters in the city where Samson makes his home, for better or worse: it reveals the singer's own love-hate relationship with his country and city.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778668229
  • Catalog Number: 86682
  • Sales rank: 99,709

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Weakerthans Primary Artist
Steve Carroll Guitar, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
John Sutton Bass, Vocals
John K. Samson Guitar, Vocals
Christine Fellows Piano
Jason Tait Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Vibes
Technical Credits
Ian Blurton Producer
Sarah Harmer Duet
Joao Carvalho Mastering
James Agee Author
Martin Amis Author
James Heidebrecht Engineer
Rudy Rempel Engineer
Marcel Dzama Illustrations
Cam Loeppky Live Sound
Ian Burton Producer
John Berger Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It Still Has That Weakerthans Zing

    Though I found the music a tad different (it being a bit "popier") I also found they still had their trademark lyrics that leave you thinking. Though some parts of the songs have too much pop influence (in my eyes) I found the other parts refreshingly uplifting. I recommend all to try this CD out and if you don't like it then...fine I guess but check it out really. Eventhough it's changed somewhat it still has that Weakerthans zing to it found in the little corners of the songs and in the lyrics. Check it out!

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