02. The Reasons
03. Reconstruction Site
06. Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961)
07. Time's Arrows
08. (Hospital Vespers)
09. Uncorrected Proofs
10. New Name For Everything
11. One Great City!
13. Prescience Of Dawn
Sonically located in the finest tradition of Punk, The Weakerthans walk an archipelago of influences from rock to folk to alt-country and beyond, led by lyrics tutored in the best of contemporary literature and progressive politics.
Their third full-length recording, Reconstruction Site (Epitaph, 2003), mixed by Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age) and produced by the legendary Ian Blurton, is their most musically cohesive and lyrically ambitious effort to date. Reconstruction Site follows the success of Left and Leaving (G-7/Sub-City, 2000), and Fallow (G-7/Sub-City, 1997)--records that garnered appreciation and acclaim from listeners around the world.
Stephen Carroll -Guitars, Vocals, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, Keyboards, Piano
John K. Samson - Vocals, Guitars
John P. Sutton - Bass, Vocals
Jason Tait - Drums, Percussion, Vibes, Glockenspiel, Keyboards
Produced by Ian Blurton
Engineered by Rudy Rempel and James Heidebrecht
at Chemical Sound, Toronto, in parts of January, February and March, 2003.
Mixed by Adam Kasper at Studio X,
Seattle, late March 2003.
Mastered by Joao Carvalho
at Umbrella Music,
Toronto, April 7, 2003.
Trumpet on Manifest
by Rusty Matys.
Piano on Plea from a
Cat Named Virtute by
Duet Vocal on Benediction
by Sarah Harmer.
Illustrations by Marcel Dzama.
Layout and design by Mike Carroll.
Shauna de Cartier.
Live Sound by Cam Loeppky.
and various labour by
webmastering by Lewk Schmewk.
Assistance to the Producer
provided by June Blurton and Katie Lynn CampBell.
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in a "Computer." To Troubleshoot
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P 2003 The Weakerthans. Under exclusive license to Epitaph.
All songs C 2003 The Weakerthans; and all lyrics C 2003 John K. Samson.
All rights reserved.
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US Rel. Date: 08/26/2003
EU Rel. Date: 08/25/2003
"The Weakerthans are probably too smart to be writing pop songs. The Canadian quartet's third album name-checks French philosopher Michel Foucault, Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, and Marxist novelist/art critic John Berger, and is inspired by a host of Canadian poets we've never heard of. And it rocks. Reconstruction Site melds the personal, the political, and the philosophical seamlessly, rarely letting its bookishness get the better of it. On the title track, frontman John Samson toys with words, demonstrating the elusive power of language with a surreal wash of images, backed by an appropriately woozy pedal steel guitar. Driven by a chugging guitar riff, "The Reasons" is a love song for people who are embarrassed by love songs. "Psalm for the Elks Lodge Last Call" unfolds with the detailed anxiety of a Raymond Carver story, while the insistent, whimsical bang-up "Plea From a Cat Named Virtue" finds Samson getting an emotional kick in the ass from his cat. Too clever? Perhaps. But Reconstruction Site packs enough winsome power-pop punch that it's engaging even if you haven't the first damn clue who Jacques Derrida is."
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Average Fan Rating: 5.00