The Weakerthans
Reconstruction Site


5.0
classic

Review

by beeeeeeees USER (1 Reviews)
September 12th, 2009 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A thoughtful album.

What makes John K. Samson so fascinating"

In the foreground, he’s always a lyricist, in a way both traditional and backwards. On a personal level, one of my favourite things about him and his very own Reconstruction Site is that he puts down unspoken thoughts - and that may not be the grandest statement on paper, but it’s really the way they’re put down that gets me thinking. Death’s inevitability is blurted through the eyes of a child in a family car’s backseat in “Reconstruction Site”, “One Great City!” has Samson singing one thing (I hate Winnipeg) but thinking the opposite, and “A Plea From A Cat Named Virtue” puts more sophistication in felines than people. Each and everything relies on Samson’s sense of place: he’s not only setting the scene, but placing characters and coupling satirical perspectives, be it a love/hate relationship with his hometown or making mankind as awkward as can-be.

His band’s music, meanwhile, is suitably romantic. Its passion is channelled through a fresh array of genres and such is how “The Reasons” is played through a punk’s amplifier but comes out a folksy dream, and the lyrics make the mood all the merrier – quite simply, “I know you might roll your eyes at this/but I’m so glad that you exist”. If you trace their album through its alt-country, folk rock, punk and all, you’ll see Samson and co. have a knack for exploration: “(Manifest)” alone is part of a three-song reprise, each with the exact same musical patterns, and yet never more estranged in tone. “(Hospital Vespers)” is sort of the song’s dark and evil clone, drenched in ambience – and “(Past-Due)” should be nothing like it is, waving goodbye to the album in the exact same way it waved hello.

Whether the album is fast or slow - a brimming rocker (“Our Retired Explorer”) or an acoustic (“One Great City”) - every piece that puts it together produces a sound rooted in a community’s tradition (one all the more interesting if, like me, you can’t quite grasp at it) and yet one intriguingly critical of its every pattern. In such, Samson makes his music fascinating in the same way as Sufjan Stevens wants to do with 50 states but does so most valiantly when at home with Michigan – writing about homeland and hometowns, whether growing up or all grown up. How the Weakerthans’ opus Reconstruction Site one-ups that formula, however, is by thinking the same thing as anyone anywhere and actually saying it.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
MassiveAttack
September 13th 2009


2754 Comments


Very good first review man, I've heard of this band, but I always seem to forget about them.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 13th 2009


6027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loved the review. this and left and leaving are taking turns being my favourite weakerthans album.

MentalityOfA
September 13th 2009


1213 Comments


A thoughtful album.


Doesn't really give me a good reason to read your review. It's strangely humorous.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 13th 2009


6027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who cares about the summary, read the review

beeeeeeees
September 13th 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like left and leaving too. Never given it as big a chance as this though. Thanks.

tom79
September 13th 2009


3652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think Samson is incapable of writing a bad song. I can't wait to see them on Tuesday.

Digging: Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale

EasternLight
September 13th 2009


2710 Comments


youve convinced me to get this album you sexy mynx

Knott-
Emeritus
September 13th 2009


10204 Comments


so fucking good

the reasons is just incredible

SeaAnemone
September 13th 2009


21407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I always thought I was like the only who liked this. that made me feel kinda cool but I was sooo wrong.

a5thdiad
September 13th 2009


123 Comments


five stars? awesome! perfect power pop.

Electric City
Emeritus
September 13th 2009


15762 Comments


is your name an ac reference?

Spare
September 14th 2009


5567 Comments


i think it's probably a reference to the insect although i heard most bees are actually pretty big animal collective fans so maybe indirectly

Electric City
Emeritus
September 14th 2009


15762 Comments


theres an animal collective song called bees where they go beeeeeeeeees

Knott-
Emeritus
September 14th 2009


10204 Comments


THEBEEESEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Spare
September 14th 2009


5567 Comments


well yeah i know but like it's probably more likely that it's something to do with bees

wait no not really idk shut up

Spare
September 14th 2009


5567 Comments


fucking worst song on feels too btw

STOP SHOUTING!
September 14th 2009


779 Comments


Band 's good. Want to get this.



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