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Provincial (includes CD) (Vinyl)

John K. Samson LP Record
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Vinyl LP pressing. Since 1997, John K. Samson has written four acclaimed albums with The Weakerthans. The band's 2007 studio release, Reunion Tour, garnered praise from an assortment of publications including Paste Magazine, who said, "If such a prize existed, it would be the leading candidate for this year's Punk Pulitzer. " Provincial, Samson s first solo release began with a simple idea: to explore four different roads in Manitoba, the Canadian province where Samson lives. "They're the places I kept going back to. " Samson talked to relatives, friends and strangers; he visited archives, a tuberculosis sanatorium turned RV park, a forgotten cemetery. The result is this collection of evocative songs, an album that fits beside Bruce Springsteen s Nebraska, Sun Kil Moon s Ghosts Of The Great Highway, Mountain Goats Tallahassee. While the teenage craving of "Cruise Night" recalls the Cars, "Stop Error" invokes Bach; for "When I Write my Master s Thesis, " Samson s inspiration was all jukebox serendipity Bob Dylan s "When I Paint My Masterpiece, " sailing out from the corner of a Yukon dive bar. Provincial is a record full of fierce, tuneful, vivid stories.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 27 2012
By Andrew Foster TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I've been a big fan of the Weakerthans for the last 7 years or so. I've been hoping Samson (The Weakerthans lead singer) would release a solo album for a while. Until now, he has just put out short download only efforts. I saw Samson preform some of these songs live in Toronto last year. I especially like the song "The Last And."
The songs are mellow and poetic. I enjoy it very much. Feels like a good Weakerthans CD. Which is nice, since Samson did not do the vocals for the last Weakerthans album with Jim Bryson.
Highly recommended. Check it out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars John K Samson, Provincial May 5 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Okay it's time to go back to the drawing board.....I so did not like this CD. I only liked one song on this CD which is the song "The Last And". I liked the lyrical writing of this song.

The strange thing is John K Samson's voice is good, his writing ability is there but I think to me his voice sounded the same track after track like it was on the same dial/speed the whole way through the CD! I think if you want buyers to take notice especially on your first CD.....you have to give them something in even subtle differences to make them want to come back to buy more! Just a thought from a Tunes Junkie!

So for anyone out there that just wants to put on some background music then slide this into the CD player! Sorry but that's just my opinion! Now excuse me while I go get a drink to save me from having listened to this whole CD! Ha! Ha!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Will be on my best of 2012 list. March 4 2012
By A Thought Crusade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I heard that Weakerthans' frontman John K. Samson was putting out a solo album, I assumed it would be a stripped down acoustic endeavor. Not so. Even though I would love to hear and acoustic album by John, Provincial could easily be the newest Weakerthans' album. The sound is not too far off from Reunion Tour although Provincial is slightly more subtle and subdued.

The lyrics on Provincial are amazing. The entire album is like driving through a painted scene-scape of mid-western Canada. Even Canadian small towns have their very own Cruise Night. Plus an album that calls for the induction of the NHL's First Nation (Native American) player Reggie Leach into the Hall of Fame couldn't possibly be bad. It's going to be hard to top this album as best of 2012.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great pop album Jan. 11 2013
By BookNerd - Published on Amazon.com
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the ballads here are especially great. lovely and haunting. lyrically speaking, this is some of the best songwriting of 2012
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Feb. 21 2012
By Strogerthan - Published on Amazon.com
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Album is good. I would give it a couple listens to. I think to get the over all feel of this. It's almost old school the Weakerthans, which is a nice new "kick back."
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD!!!! Feb. 17 2012
By shhh..it's a secret - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this cd. I am a huge Weakerthans fan, and when I heard that John K. Samson was coming out with a new record, I was already sold! The shippment arrived on time! Everyone should buy this cd!!!
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