VALENTINO, Toronto rock quartet Weeping Tile’s 1997 swan song, provides a bridge of sorts between their opening salvo and the solo career of raven-voiced singer Sarah Harmer. After opening with the familiar, driving hook of the single “South of Me” and the sweeping anthem of “Thru Yr Radio,” the album takes a turn into the vast Canadian tundra. Tracks like “Unshaven” and “2”” weave slowly unfurled tales of longing with a hypnotic molasses pace to match. On the other end are slow ballads such as “Goin’ Out” and “Judy G,” which boast country melodies out of the 1930s. A highlight is the middle ground of the mournful yet rousing “Tom’s Shoe Repair,” with its lyrics reflecting the ease of staying in imperfect love.
AllMusic Review by Jason Thurston