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First Play: the Weather Station, self-titled

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Holly Gordon

Editor's note: strong language warning.

Tamara Lindeman, a.k.a. the Weather Station, wanted to make a rock 'n' roll record with her fourth, and self-titled, full-length album.

“But one that sounded how I wanted it to sound, which of course is nothing like rock and roll,” she explained in a statement.

Which sounds more like it. Lindeman’s airy, crisp folk doesn’t lend itself to the raucousness of the traditional view on rock ‘n’ roll, but The Weather Station is a little more rock ‘n’ roll — in spirit — than the Toronto singer’s previous efforts.

Singles “Thirty” and “Kept it to Myself” are fiercer, turning up the energy without sacrificing anything lyrically. “Our love is the heaviest thing/ so I kept it all to myself,” she sings almost playfully, despite the heavy heartbreak, on the latter track, later adding, “My love is the heaviest thing/ I understand if you don’t want to wear my ring.” “I notice f--king everything,” she sings on “Thirty,” and it’s unmistakable: the nuance that runs through The Weather Station — and Lindeman’s previous work — mines characters' lives with a fine-toothed comb.

Lindeman’s voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell’s for years, but it’s not a manipulation; Lindeman is the next chapter in Canada’s folk tradition. The Weather Station further builds on that — if you weren’t convinced with 2015’s Polaris Prize-nominated Loyalty — giving us a tighter, bolder album with that signature narrative.

For the first time since her debut album, Lindeman self-produced this record, and the recording band was made up of touring bassist Ben Whitely and drummer Don Kerr with guests Ryan Driver (Jennifer Castle), Ben Boye (Ty Segall, Ryley Walker) and Will Kidman (the Constantines).

Listen to The Weather Station in the player to the left for a week before its Oct. 6 release. Pre-order it here.