Public Strain

Women - Public Strain
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2010 Ratings: #94 / 862
User Score
Based on 145 ratings
2010 Ratings: #35
September 28, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Pitchfork

The group's sophomore effort, Public Strain, pushes forward in both directions-- the hooks are noisier, the noise is hookier, and both are fogged over with enough reverb to make Felt records seem bone-dry by comparison.

80
Drowned in Sound

I’ve owned Women’s second album for a couple of months now, and while I’ve listen to Public Strain all the way through on a more than purely professional number of occasions, I’m going to have to be honest and say that closing song ‘Eyesore’ has completely distracted me. Good old last.fm suggests that I’ve listened to it via electronic means a solid 29 times, a figure I know to be a gross understatement (but why won’t it scrobble, eh?). It’s a song that has so mercilessly, ungratefully, dare I say cuntishly colonised my day-to-day thoughts that it’s pretty comprehensively thrown off my entire perception of this record. As a result I probably shouldn’t even be writing about Public Strain as a while, but y’know, here we go...

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

So no, Public Strain isn’t the manic, dirty opus Women was. But it’s still Women. And I’m still in love with it.

80
musicOMH

Women, a band inevitably consisting entirely of men and hailing from Calgary, fall into this latter, perhaps more radical, camp - combining the melodic and symphonic characteristics of a group remembered for their highly sophisticated symphonic pop with the deliberately sketchy, sometimes abrasive sound of lo-fi recording techniques. At times on their second album, Public Strain, Women seem to have made some further steps towards integrating the two halves of their sound, but their predominant characteristic is a kind of wilful disruption.

10
No Ripcord

Yes, it’s fine to use the same methods Mr. Reed implemented, but to dole out several minutes of junk noise doesn’t make you seem unique, clever, or even like students of the game; it makes you sound pretentious.

laz456
85
If you think this is boring you haven't given it enough listens.
KIDWITHGUNs
59
Aight

[SJO Counter: 32]

Pretty cutting edge, 2010 must have been a crazy year for music.

But I've already forgotten every single song on this album, maybe it's because I've been clustering myself in a mess of music for a while now.

Fuck
amygoodall
88
good
thomasny18
NR
I really don't know how to feel about this album. It sounds nice, but extremely forgettable. Not rating yet because I figure I need to give it more listens to truly understand it and it could literally be anywhere between 50 to 80.
morningsbell
84
Grew on me. I can see it grow even more
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Track List

  1. Can't You See
  2. Heat Distraction
  3. Narrow With The Hall
  4. Penal Colony
  5. Bells
  6. China Steps
  7. Untogether
  8. Drag Open
  9. Locust Valley
  10. Venice Lockjaw
  11. Eyesore

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