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Editors’ Notes

The indie-rock masters from Canada (Winnipeg and Toronto) deliver a live album that extends from every angle of their decade-long career. The pure punk-pop punch of the six-minute “Wellington’s Wednesdays” from their 1999 debut album Fallow falls into line with the stylistically diverse material from their three ensuing studio albums. Audience noise is kept to a minimum and stage patter is jettisoned for a tight, concise set of one melodic gem another. “Reconstruction Site,” the title track from their third album, and “Benediction” add pedal steel and a country lope. “Civil Twilight,” from the band’s 2007 release Reunion Tour, adds a bouncy keyboard to its skittering groove and solid harmonies. But nothing beats the simple, straightforward drive of “”Plea from a Cat Named Virtue,” where the band take to the road like a van-battered Midwest American rock ‘n’ roll band (or maybe these Canadians just wait for summer’s big thaw and trek the Provinces). In any case, with singer John K. Samson leading the way, the Weakerthans are among the finest bands of the 2000s.

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AMAZING LIVE ALBUM!!!

I never write reviews for many reasons but I have found myself unable to be silent on this album. THIS IS THE BEST LIVE ALBUM I HAVE EVER HEARD ... EVER! Fans of the Weakerthans need this album added to their collection ASAP and if you don't know the Weakerthans and you are a fan of clever songwriting and peaceful harmonies you should add this album to your collection as well. Again this is a great from start to finish live ablum and I have to thank the Weakerthans for putting this out there for us to enjoy over and over again.

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Good live album.

I'm not really a fan of live albums in general, but I really enjoyed this one. They managed to play all of my favorite songs, and a few of them sound different from the album versions (occasionally different instruments are used). The biggest downside is that some of the songs sound almost exactly like the album versions, but if you know and like the Weakerthans, you won't mind too much.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed after Propagandhi member John K. Samson got the itch to perform and record again after taking a sabbatical to write and start a publishing company, the Winnipeg-based Weakerthans took Samson's music in a completely different direction. Propagandhi had been known for powerful, speedy punk and overtly political lyrics, but the Weakerthans went down a more melodic and introspective path. Consisting of Red Fisher drummer Jason Tait and bassist John Sutton, the Weakerthans took their name from...
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