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The Weakerthans, ‘Reunion Tour’ (Anti-)

Every Weakerthans album has moments that provoke cries of “Why aren’t these guys huge?” But those are inevitably followed by moments that make it abundantly clear why they’re not. And that’s not a dig: The Winnipeg-based folk punks’ willingness to juxtapose propulsive riffs and hooky choruses with self-consciously skewed tales of disaffected house cats and dead NHL goaltenders is what makes them endearing. On Reunion Tour, John K. Samson’s imagistic descriptions of loneliness, desperation, and yearning — which avoid the goofiness that plagues, say, Fountains of Wayne — are fleshed out with chiming guitars and warm synths.

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