The Weakerthans
Left and Leaving


5.0
classic

Review

by ConsiderPhlebas USER (34 Reviews)
March 10th, 2012 | 40 replies | 2,374 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sense of wonder only slightly used

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

The Weaker a hint – a brilliant sparkle here and there – of something quite special. The man of the permanent middle initial, John K. Samson, displayed a keen ear for playful and intelligent lyrics, all of which he delivered in a wry, almost affectionate toneo its knees under the weight of a recession has tainted their sound, leaving something altogether darker in its place. Yes the hooks are still there, but this time they come wrapped around a white-knuckled fist. Punk & Poetry is the bright, rowdy underbelly of UK culture. Contemporary English music just doesn’t get any better.

Beginning with chKanye West cares about himself, about money, about pussy, religion and black people. Unfortunately, after taking firm control of their output once more, they cheerfully fly the pln effect; in fact, not much had changed at all. The Weakerthans had just polished and nurtured the qualities within their music, allowing them to truly shine.

You could saanent middle initial, John K. Samson, displayed a keen ear for playful and intelligent lyrics, all of which he delivered in a wry, almost affectionate toneo its knees under the weight of a recession has tainted their sound, leaving something altogether darker in its place. Yes the hooks are still there, but this time they come wrapped around a white-knuckled fist. Punk & Poetry is the bright, rowdy underbelly of UK culture. Contemporary English music just doesn’t get any better.

Beginning with chKanye West cares about himself, about money, about pussy, religion and black people. Unfortanent middle initial, John K. Samson, displayed a keen ear for playful and intelligent lyrics, all of which he delivered in a wry, almost affectionate toneo its knees under the weight of a recession has tainted their sound, leaving something altogether darker in its place. Yes the hooks are still there, but this time they come wrapped around a white-knuckled fist. Punk & Poetry is the bright, rowdy underbelly of UK culture. Contemporary English music just doesn’t get any better.

Beginning with chKanye West cares about himself, about money, about pussy, religion and black people. Unfortouching on ideas of identity, of self-worth and loneliness. But honestly, some things are just too beautiful to analyse. From the halting detail of 'Everything Must Go!' to the murky sadness of 'Without Mythologies' and the cheerful clatter of 'Watermark', the songs swell and recede in an easy, meaningful way. Though still too casual and unassuming to make waves across the world, Left and Leaving will always be a record that can strike a chord within the very depths of the heart.



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ConsiderPhlebas
March 9th 2012



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Short and a bit unspecific, I know. Just shaking off the rust.

MO
March 9th 2012



18217 Comments


nice review phleb

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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 9th 2012



3760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I swear to god I have listened to this album sitting on a pier by the ocean one day. It was awesome.

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ConsiderPhlebas
March 9th 2012



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can imagine, man. Cheers, MO.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2012



15332 Comments


As an alt/indie guy, and after relentless recommendations from the people with the closest taste to mine, I reckon it's time I finally give this a listen.

Great review btw.

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 9th 2012



10585 Comments


you liking music is weird haha, but great review none the less

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 9th 2012



10585 Comments


I genuinly believe that you'll really like this sowing

ConsiderPhlebas
March 9th 2012



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers, fellas. You're in for a treat, Sowing.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2012



15332 Comments


yeah knott has been kicking and screaming for me to listen to this for like 2 years

Maniac!
March 9th 2012



26246 Comments


great review as always.


sounds like something I'd like

ConsiderPhlebas
March 9th 2012



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Think you'd find something in here, man. Either this or Reconstruction Site are a good start.

Activista anti-MTV
March 9th 2012



3138 Comments


Have to listen to the Weakerthans... heard a lot of good things about them. pos

NeutralThunder12
March 9th 2012



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my favorite weakerthans so far, and aside is the best song ive ever heard

Satellite
March 9th 2012



20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

john k. samson is my favorite songwriter everrrrrr

good review sir

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Activista anti-MTV
March 9th 2012



3138 Comments


what's with the K?

Satellite
March 9th 2012



20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uhh it's his middle initial

ConsiderPhlebas
March 9th 2012



6157 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably mine too, Sat - these and the Mountain Goats are neck and neck

Gyromania
March 10th 2012



15194 Comments


Great articulation in this review, Phlebas. I haven't heard this either, but I've been meaning to get it.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2012



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I prefer Reconstruction Site to this, that album just has something more to it, but I still love the fuck out of this because, um, The Weakerthans rule. Ace review though man, I love a good short review.


john k. samson is my favorite songwriter everrrrrr


yeah me too most likely, him or John Darnielle

and to all you people putting off listening to The Weakerthans holy shit you're going to be kicking yourself when you finally get around to it. Best. Band. Ever.

Gyromania
March 10th 2012



15194 Comments


I heard that one live album which I loved.



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