Young Widows
Easy Pain


4.5
superb

Review

by Kip USER (2 Reviews)
May 14th, 2014 | 28 replies | 6,777 views


Release Date: 05/13/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not too harsh or too glum, but just right.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

With their previous album, Nick Thieneman, Evan Patterson, and Jeremy McMonigle took their usual noisiness and added a more dire atmosphere, elevating the tone to a deep and disquieting feel without sacrificing any of the necessary calamity. The fusion successfully mixed dark, emotional tones with raw energy leading to a plethora of sentimental yet lively tunes. Now with their 2014 follow up, Easy Pain, the Young Widows further refine this combined sound into a harsher, dimmer, and overall ominous melody with excellent instrumentation from McMonigle and Thieneman as well as the strained vocals of Patterson. The sinister feel of Easy Pain surpasses that of their previous efforts which will lead many to call this album the band's best work to date.

From start to finish, the album keeps you on the edge of your seat with its relentless distortion and eerie vocals. Songs such as the opener "Godman" display these elements in their purest form with a straight-forward devilish guitar riff and pounding drums. Their sound clearly derives much influence from noise rock contemporaries like The Jesus Lizard with a more melodic spin added. That being said the album isn't without its melodies; one being "Kerosene Girl." The song contains a memorable hook and an overall punk-ish feel, which help mark it as one of the high points of the album.

Much of the album also uses a formulaic inclusion of unique ambient effects that serve as introductions of each song. These intros are acting presentiments which leave a constant feeling of uneasiness towards what happens next. This tension is the main fuel for the album's progressively dark atmosphere. Songs like "Doomed Moon" breathe in and out of calm ambiance to strident attacks that provide the listener with a dizzy and unsettling feeling throughout the whole song. "Bird Feeder" features tempo changes and gradually increased intensity which helps retain the foreboding tension making the song progressively more interesting as it plays.

The band also capitalizes on extended instrumentation on songs like "Cool Night" that almost make you wonder if the song has any vocals at all (before they eventually do come in.) "Gift of Failure" also features extended instrumental work in the opening and closing of the song which isolates the vocals and increases their ominous effect. The album does an excellent job of balancing out the volition of the guitars and drums with the gloomy vocals and droning bass without leaning too far towards overbearing power or depressed white noise. All of the built up tension in the album pays off with the concluding track which is surely the most emphatically emotional song on the album. With the exit of "The Last Widow" the album leaves a soul-searching aftertaste that superbly reflects the rest of the album.

Throughout the entirety of their career, the Young Widows have steadily improved their sound with each release. Easy Pain successfully fuses the riotousness of Settle Down City with the sullen fervor of the more recent In and Out of Youth and Lightness into one centralized independent style of noisy post-hardcore. The most interesting element of the album is the emphasis on tension and how it's used to keep the listener slightly skittish in anticipation for the more exciting parts of the songs. Such effort put into creating a more mature and polished sound works well for Easy Pain as it is their most creative and interesting release. Hopefully they will continue to use their experience in musical experimentation in crafting an even greater sound in future releases.


Recommended Tracks:
-Kerosene Girl
-Doomed Moon
-Gift of Failure
-Bird Feeder


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LordePots
May 14th 2014



6525 Comments


didn't see that album art coming!!!!!

bet this'll be tastey

SeaAnemone
May 14th 2014



19914 Comments


woah I didn't know about this. good stuff.

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

SpritzSpritz
May 14th 2014



527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album wrecks a lot from beginning to end. dense and powerful, dark and fun.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 14th 2014



12792 Comments


excited to jam

Digging: Dinosaur Jr. - J Mascis Live at CBGB's

RVAHC13
May 14th 2014



480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I definitely recommend this to fans of the Jesus Lizard, they're both very similar in sound

Digging: The Wildhearts - P.H.U.Q.

djunior
May 14th 2014



737 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I had no idea this was a thing until yesterday. Sooo excited to hear it.

Digging: Goat - Commune

Relinquished
May 18th 2014



24855 Comments


another great artwork

Ire
May 18th 2014



41753 Comments


cool

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2014



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Their previous album was real good. Need to give this a whirl.

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 18th 2014



10592 Comments


Reminds me of the cover of the GOTY edition of Dishonored

TomAkaVeto
May 18th 2014



1616 Comments


Sick. Didn't even know they had a new album coming out.

Moraff
May 18th 2014



30 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can't wait to hear this

clander270
May 19th 2014



146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really good album from beginning to end. I love how these guys change up their intensity and style from album to album while still keeping the the same sound that lets you know that it's a Young Widows album.

SpritzSpritz
May 19th 2014



527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seeing them tonight with helms alee. very, very excited to see songs from this in a live setting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlkc2DnDDyE

that's a video of them playing the album start to finish.

RVAHC13
May 19th 2014



480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aw i really want to see that show ^

EDIT:

I just found out they're coming to here on the Friday :D

SeaAnemone
May 19th 2014



19914 Comments


okay this is great though

Scoot
May 19th 2014



17709 Comments


cover art looks like the raven that refused to sing

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 20th 2014



4950 Comments


old wounds is prob my favorite of theirs, is this close

RVAHC13
May 20th 2014



480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a little more like IOYL but it's pretty much a mixture of the two.

SeaAnemone
May 20th 2014



19914 Comments


I think it's a little better, sobhi



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