Provincial (includes CD) (Vinyl)
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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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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.
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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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.
I love this album!