Women
Women


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Robertson STAFF
July 14th, 2009 | 260 replies | 10,710 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Women" might be somewhat standard noise-rock fare, but the band throw in more than enough variation to keep the listener intrigued.

Sometimes you can find the best albums in some of the strangest places. I consider my musical taste to be somewhat off the beaten path, so sometimes finding these various places can be a challenge. Various artist-recommending sources only serve to scare me out of what I’m listening to now (“ghost punk” is a genre?), and my friends don’t seem to quite understand my tastes either (“No, seriously, you’ll love this new Lady GaGa single.”), so it just so happens that most of the albums I find are via random scrounging around on the mind-bogglingly large internet music scene. The self-titled debut album from lo-fi indie band Women was the result of one of these spontaneous musical explorations.

The album starts off with “Cameras,” somewhat standard yet undeniably enjoyable noise rock fare. However, just as the song reaches the 1 minute mark, it quickly and stealthily molds into “Lawncare,” which sounds a little like the previous song, given a dark and eerie twist. The jangling percussion, noisy guitars, and restrained vocals should be familiar stuff for any veterans of the noise rock scene, but Women put their own twist on the formula, letting catchy riffs and hooks take control, rather than the noisy and dissonant feedback attributed to lo-fi and noise rock.

The album’s most prominent fault is the lack of actual material: four of the ten songs are in the 1-minute range. What really hurts is that one of these bite-sized songs is the best song on the album: “Group Transport Hall,” includes an unbelievably catchy chorus (“Soon we will be laughing, out there on the landing”). The song is notably simple, at first only including guitar and vocals, but it builds into a fun summer anthem. It’s too bad that the catchy chorus makes only two rotations before ending.

The album as a whole is catchy and energetic, but it’s when the band slows down that they create some of their most intriguing music. “Woodbine” is ambient in its approach, only consisting of a sustained note, some sound effects and minimalist percussion, but it creates a calming atmosphere, which is a welcoming change from the fast and rowdy punk ditties. It stands as one of the best tracks on the album, and shows how multi-faceted Women really are. However, the album suffers from not enough songs in this vein. With “Woodbine,” Women show their mastery of a completely different genre and style, and then let it go.

The fittingly jittery “Shaking Hand,” which, at a little under five minutes, is the longest song on the album, also works well with its eerie guitar hooks. Despite having an unconventional structure, the song is one of the most accessible on the album: the band turns the “noise” knob down significantly, a move indie rock fans will warm to, and one that, like “Woodbine,” shows there is much more to Women than the hiss of tape and the distortion and feedback of guitars.

Towards the end, the album starts to drag a little, especially with the irritating “January 8th,” which repeats a dissonant guitar chord while gradually speeding up. As a noisy novelty, it works, but as a song, it will turn away potential listeners. The album ends on “Flashlights,” which is a little too noisy and spontaneous to be fitting as a closer, but it perfectly sums up Women: it is only logical that they are the result of random “jams” like these, and are a work in progress, even when recording an album. Women cannot be called a great album, but it’s an intriguing listen, and definitely a reward rather than a punishment of musical curiosity.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
shindip
July 14th 2009



3536 Comments


good review

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2009



14982 Comments


thanks. if anyone's interested in this, i'd really only suggest getting 'group transport hall'. but i love that track....so goddamn short....

Fugue
July 14th 2009



7351 Comments


yes great review, album sounds interesting too.

gaslightanthem
July 14th 2009



5209 Comments


i was gonna get this but idk

shindip
July 14th 2009



3536 Comments


i think i will get that song. album sound neat

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2009



14982 Comments


it's not exactly worth getting if you have other stuff on your 'list'. it's very very competent noise rock/lo-fi (altho a lot of songs arent really noise rock but w/e) but not amazing or anything

klap
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2009



10240 Comments


you used the word "ditties."

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2009



14982 Comments


yes

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2009



14982 Comments


i rule

Capricious
July 14th 2009



58 Comments


I don't get why these guys are so big in their hometown here. I still associate them with indie music that doesn't have to be good to be cool.

scyther
July 14th 2009



1606 Comments


There is music like that in every genre.

foreverendeared
July 14th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, i came across Women in a similar fashion (via Last.fm for me). Really great album

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2009



14982 Comments


sad fact: mine was actually via last.fm too

whatever shut up rofl

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2009



14982 Comments


but it was more like going through genres/similar artists rather than recommendation

Spare
July 15th 2009



5250 Comments


i've seen this somewhere. a magazine or something. looked/looks interesting.

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foreverendeared
July 15th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but it was more like going through genres/similar artists rather than recommendation
Haha yeah i found them through my Recommended Radio. i forget what song it was that caught my attention, but it worked.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2009



20855 Comments


As expected dj, you are a welcome addition as a Sputnik reviewer. Very descriptive & informative. We can't ask for more.

If you want one piece of constructive criticism, I'd say go easy on the use of colons.

Worth a pos.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2009



14982 Comments


thanks a lot dude

Roach
August 10th 2009



2149 Comments


DO NOT WANT

Phantom
August 10th 2009



8930 Comments


Kane doesn't like women



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