Seems like no matter how much he tries, Jay Farrar can't help sounding a little like himself. Farrar's new album, Terroir Blues, finds the 36-year-old artist and alt. Country icon striving to twist, undermine, explode and generally make strange the wonderfully atavistic sounds he has made since the beginning.
The Weakerthans music is smart, not in a nerdy math-rock time signature kind of way either, but rather the sort of uncompromising flat-out literary smart that seems downright alien to most rock music. The fact that the bandís dense word play comes packaged in a folksy rock/pop-punk package makes it all the more intriguing.