Women
Public Strain


4.5
superb

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
January 6th, 2012 | 26 replies | 2,324 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It seems to me only fitting that I would hate Public Strain on my first few encounters. It seemed too real, like listening to this was going to ruin my innocence brutally and after it was finished, silently walk away like I didn't matter. It was a shock at first, to hear something so visceral that I would start to wonder if in fact Women were attacking me on some level, songs written to bruise me. After all, these aren't friendly songs, this isn't a friendly record. Public Strain is a war, fleshed out over 11 dissonant tracks that strike first, either waiting for a counter-attack with a "bring it on" or standing over you victorious over your submission. It holds no punches, each abrasive note slices like shark teeth, completely disregarding the listener as if to say "Go on, I dare you to like this". It's this bare-bones rebelliousness, this against-the-grain manner that ultimately attracts me to Public Strain. It's an indie album made by people who most likely hate indie, the evil step child of the vague genre, shunned and feared, but all the more powerful for it.

And behind that power lies some truly great songs, only noticeable after I gave in to its icy demeanor. "Can't You See" is a hazy, ethereal path, mirroring Public Strain's ghost of an album cover. It's a somewhat warm opening statement, a winter day that dissolves into a blizzard as "Heat Distraction" jangles along, hopeless. "Drag Open" shears and grates through its awesome first half only to implode on itself in the wonderfully maniacal second half. Women have a knack for making something out of nothing, for making a cacophonous song turn somehow welcoming and even catchy. There's an aura to Public Strain, one that is as undefinable as its foggy cover. There is a heart here, but it's cold and lonely, beating only to stay alive.

I wonder if this album is the reason Women decided to break up, like this was their final statement, meaning nothing, only to fade away into the shadows. It gives Public Strain a sense of mystique, a glimpse into what music could be, if people just cared less.



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Tyrael
January 6th 2012



20394 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

whyyyyyyyy

reading review now

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MalleusMaleficarum
January 6th 2012



12199 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

why does this fag have this album at a 2?

dunchal
January 6th 2012



79 Comments


why does this fag post

wabbit
January 6th 2012



6742 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What the fuck are you going on about Sam feldman?

MalleusMaleficarum
January 6th 2012



12199 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

reading this review all i can think about is chambered posting in public strain threads talking shit about the album while his rating sat at a 2 or a 2.5 "this shit is so average man wow u guys are dumb omg"

DBlitz
January 6th 2012



1685 Comments


eyesore is like the friendliest track ever

MalleusMaleficarum
January 6th 2012



12199 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah hilarious etc

iarescientists
January 6th 2012



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol tool

iarescientists
January 6th 2012



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha yeah okay

BigHans
January 6th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album sucks so hard

sniper
January 6th 2012



18580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

why the fuck did you review this not at a 5 chambered cmon man, now i have to neg you...

sniper
January 6th 2012



18580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

actually this review was goodish, even if it was totally unnecessary. iare and downer somehow both wrote perfect reviews for the same album.

sniper
January 6th 2012



18580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i didn't like them anymore, most of them were stuff i rated in 2008 and my opinions have changed a lot since then, and i just got tired of rating things after i listen to them, i enjoy music more when i don't label it "3.5" the numbering system is sort of dismissive i think.

sniper
January 6th 2012



18580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

but this is definitely one of my favorite albums ever

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2012



15693 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

chambered, you ripped like all your ideas from my review and restated them in one or two sentences :/

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sniper
January 6th 2012



18580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

plus he rated it wrong, lol

natey
January 6th 2012



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a glimpse into what music could be, if people just cared less.

fuck yeah

porch
January 6th 2012



8390 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

getting into this again recently

never found it particularly inaccessible tho

sniper
January 6th 2012



18580 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah me neither, fuzzy stuff like this sounds really attractive to me.

MalleusMaleficarum
January 6th 2012



12199 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

chambered, you ripped like all your ideas from my review and restated them in one or two sentences :/


ahahahahhaha



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