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Trashcan Sinatras formed in Glasgow as a cover band, had some success in the early-'90s their 1990 debut, Cake, and 1993 follow-up, I've Seen Everything, and has been toiling in obscurity ever since. But of Weightlifting, the band's fourth album (the third, 1996's A Happy Packet, didn't even hit the United States shores), let me say one thing: "Wow." It's alternately some of the happiest and most poignant pop I've heard since Guided By Voices released the Hold on Hope single in 1999.

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Two songs in particular, "All the Dark Horses" and "What Women Do to Men," are lush and heartfelt. "All the Dark Horses" has some subtle U2-influenced guitar accents, and "Women" is restrained and melancholic. The addition of strings and horns adds beauty and maturity, a fleshed-out and layered sound to already-beautiful melodies and harmonies. This fits nicely along side Mercury Rev and Wilco in my collection.

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