Half Notes: Trash Can Sinatras – Weightlifting (2004)

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by Tom Johnson

This tiny little pop-rock band took something like 8 years off between albums and returned in 2004 with one of those albums that periodically appears on the musical horizon and feels like it’s saving your life. So enveloping was its warmth that it found itself heavily and repeatedly in rotation — something that rarely occurs anymore because so few things cement themselves with me that quickly. TCS makes dramatic, somber music that somehow manages to feel uplifting and hopeful. The beautiful “All the Dark Horses” should have been everywhere, and the title track should have been right on its heel. Sadly, neither have gotten any notice outside of critics and the small cadre of fans the band has. Do something about that: Check this album out.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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