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Postby Ersaph » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:44 pm

I'm really coming around on this record.

It sounds like Polvo crossed with the Walkmen.
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Postby echoesmyron » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:45 pm

i dont like what they did with the vocal production, but otherwise its one of my favorites from this year
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Postby Murgatroid » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:04 pm

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Postby gordie blue eyes » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:05 pm

yeah the vocals make me want to hate it but i have it admit i think it's pretty good
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Postby dog liver » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:08 pm

really enjoyable album. took me a couple of listens

narrow with the hall and locust valley are my faves. the last song kills too
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Postby fux school punx rule » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:09 pm

eyesore is really good. most of the songs are boring or their "guitar interplay" ruins them but the production is really great throughout.
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Postby Ersaph » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:11 pm

The vocal production was what prevented me from liking it at first too, but I'm way into it now.

"Eyesore" is the best song, and the best album closer of the year.
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Postby gold and glass » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:12 pm

Yeah they have my favorite production but the songs on this one didn't really do much for me
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Postby Ersaph » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:16 pm

gold and glass wrote:Yeah they have my favorite production but the songs on this one didn't really do much for me


They seem to be way more into the motortik, call-and-response sort-of guitar interplay on this one than they were on their debut (which I loved, and sounded to me mostly like lovely/shambling scraps of guitar chaos that somehow coalesced into songs).

In other words, they sound much more regimented now.
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Postby Evil Urges » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:19 pm

I really cant get into this record, i listened to it about 3 times and wasn't feeling it at all.
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Postby Ersaph » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:20 pm

Evil Urges wrote:I really cant get into this record, i listened to it about 3 times and wasn't feeling it at all.


I think the album reveals itself if you listen to it on Shuffle, rather than all the way straight through.

Why? I really can't say.
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Postby The Emperor's Son » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:35 pm

the songs aren't really there but i like how it sounds a lot so it works well in the background
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Postby ecabney » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:14 pm

I think it's better than the debut
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Postby joymonger » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:22 pm

"eyesore" is definitely a highlight, but i don't think anything touches "black rice" or "shaking hand."

that being said, public strain is consistently good. i didn't like it much at first, but it's a grower.
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Postby Ersaph » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:25 pm

joymonger wrote:"eyesore" is definitely a highlight, but i don't think anything touches "black rice" or "shaking hand."

that being said, public strain is consistently good. i didn't like it much at first, but it's a grower.


I agree with this. "Black Rice" is actually the standard by which I rate all of their other songs. But they're definitely one of the best straight-up 'indie rock' bands going right now.
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Postby MikeS » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:30 pm

Love this album. I think the vocal production is great, you can tell he's not a strong singer so with out the way it is i think he would of sounded pretty bland.
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Postby joymonger » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:35 pm

would you call them straight up indie rock though? i'd say a band like broken social scene or spoon is straight up indie rock. women, even though they've toned it down a bit in public strain, still have a bit of the noise or lo-fi tendencies.
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Postby Ersaph » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:41 pm

joymonger wrote:would you call them straight up indie rock though? i'd say a band like broken social scene or spoon is straight up indie rock. women, even though they've toned it down a bit in public strain, still have a bit of the noise or lo-fi tendencies.


I dunno, like I said earlier, they remind me a lot of Polvo and the Walkmen, and those are two of the most 'traditional' indie rock bands I know. Though obviously, 'indie rock' is a fairly broad genre and easily allows for a great diversity of styles/variances.
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Postby MikeS » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:42 pm

joymonger wrote:would you call them straight up indie rock though? still have a bit of the noise or lo-fi tendencies.


no. and yes
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Postby genghis sean » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:32 pm

one of the years' best.


"drag open" doesn't get enough love - although it's not nearly as good on the album as it is live. it used to be named "diamond boy", shoulda kept that name.
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Postby Ersaph » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:12 am

genghis sean wrote:one of the years' best.


"drag open" doesn't get enough love - although it's not nearly as good on the album as it is live. it used to be named "diamond boy", shoulda kept that name.


Didn't know that, RE: "Diamond Boy," though I think "Drag Open" is definitely a good title and one of the best songs on the album.
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Postby Clell Tickle » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:28 am

better than the debut for sure
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Postby hey look » Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:24 pm

i want to talk about this again for a minute.

I loved their debut initially. I still think it's very good and pretty fresh sounding, but I'm not really feeling this one after 3 listens since it has leaked. I guess I don't really know what to love - but there just doesn't seem to be ANY pop elements in it, and those slight ones on the debut were really what sealed it for me. i don't know if i have a bad rip, or what. there are some interesting sounds - but the songs just don't really seem to go anywhere?

honest question because i enjoy this band and want to keep trying this record.
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Postby joymonger » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:04 am

i dunno man. s/t still kicks ass and this one is like a slow burnnnn, then eyesore kicks in and it's awesome.
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Postby The Emperor's Son » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:49 am

too bad eyesore is the last song
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Postby black sandwich » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:53 am

the first album was all about highlights, black rice and shaking hand. this album is so much more consistent and the slow jams are actually where it's at. let's hear it for penal colony and narrow with the hall.
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Postby Murgatroid » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:58 am

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Postby Mr Spaceship » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:45 am

Narrow With the Hall sounds like a Yellow Swans' song set to 60s pop. Album is a winner.
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Postby Genius Sir » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:49 am

Favourite thing this year, ticks all of my boxes.
The début was one of my favourites of the past 10 years or whatever but I think Public Strain is stronger, so many fucking great tracks.
China Steps is probably my most listened to track this year overall and the way Eyesore moseys off into the sunset is pure bonerz.
I agree with Genghis Sean about Drag Open being so much better live but the whole album is, my gush when Heat Distraction kicked in all huge was palpable.
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Postby SynthesizerPatel » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:49 am

pretty good album. Like most, I too think Eyesore is the best song. While it may not be amazing, it seems pretty underrated.
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