Women
Public Strain


4.0
excellent

Review

by Damus USER (8 Reviews)
November 7th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Women's final effort

Women's final effort before their demise due to the death of their guitarist, "Public Strain", is an eerily heavy album even without knowing this. Beginning with it's wintry droning introduction, you get the sense that you're on a beach under palm trees, but then a huge blizzard begins to pummel down on the whole beach.

Second track: 'Heat Distraction' is an early highlight with its disjointed time signatures that somehow work. The atmosphere is bleak. And the vocals buzz away in the reverb. It's a one of a kind sound leaves you asking yourself how it works.

There is just a lot to be said about the atmosphere of the album. 'Heat Distraction' being an early highlight. 'Narrow With The Hall' is poppy and keeps a sense of normalcy going. The squeak of a kick drum pounding on 'China Steps' paints a darker picture with icy guitars coming in and etching away. Piling dissonance into the album. It's dark, and creates a constant sense of suspense. 'Drag Open' comes later, and is as dissonant as the album gets.

It's a strange but engaging album with it's lo-fi, kind of muffled production. 'Locust Valley' is a huge highlight. With guitar lines weaving around, like snow whirling around. The vocals buzz again. It's cold and despondent, but still insanely catchy. 'Public Strain' is truly an album that sounds like it's album artwork.

'Venice Lockjaw' is like waking up on Christmas morning before the album's profoundly depressing but cathartic ending. 'Eyesore' comes with the chiming guitars, and the stomp of a simple drum beat, that pounds you into submission. This song has a somewhat upbeat beginning half, before giving way to an emotionally crushing second half. 'Just below the swaying palms' ... 'You're not lying next to me...'. It's cold and despondent, like the sound of giving up, but there's a tiny light at the end of the tunnel. And that's how Public Strain leaves you.



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Gyromania
November 6th 2017


23420 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album < 3



i wouldn't get into time signatures if i were you lol. people aren't going to understand them and it adds nothing to your overall analysis in this particular case. sometimes it's fun to note a strange time signature and tie it into your pros or cons, but saying "5/4 guitars that chime their way in" is just extraneous imo.

Damus
November 6th 2017


555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck

theBoneyKing
November 6th 2017


12911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah like how can 5 out of 4 guitars chime in at once that's not physically possible

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BMDrummer
November 6th 2017


14025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best winter album

Gyromania
November 6th 2017


23420 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed. This is perfect in the winter

BMDrummer
November 6th 2017


14025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that top soundoff is exactly how i feel about this album



went through a phase two years ago where i listened to this twice a day everyday for a few months

Gyromania
November 6th 2017


23420 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Memories too blurry to recall but close to home" - this so much. Listening to this makes me feel all sorts of things and yearn. Despite Its blatant wintry aesthetic, it's such a cozy album. Spinning this and drinking hot chocolate while it snows is perfection

BMDrummer
November 6th 2017


14025 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed so hard



the definition of cold warmth, almost like looking out the window on a january night at the streetlights and gross snow

Gyromania
November 6th 2017


23420 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hell yes. Can't think of another album that i match up with winter as much. It's so good front to back too - eyesore might be my favourite closer ever

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2017


1808 Comments


why is your first review back in 2011 better than this review here in 2017

Gyromania
November 7th 2017


23420 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

harsh

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2017


789 Comments


Man not sure eye (sorry my phone is doing something weird with the letter) could listen to this without weird and bad associations with the time of my life eye jammed this

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Shave
November 7th 2017


258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jam s/t instead

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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2017


789 Comments


I️.

Gyromania
November 7th 2017


23420 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Aye aye



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