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Feckin' hell this album is great.
A raw, energetic, tuneful blast of melodic noise from the mean streets of Manchester. The story goes that these were the demos for a future album project, but when the label heard them they decided to put them out as is. How right they were, as the unsweetened approach serves the music perfectly.
It's brutal, lo-fi rock sitting somewhere between The Fall, Jesus Lizard and Guided By Voices. The guitars are constantly on the edge of mayhem, only held together by the energetic drumming and thumping bass. But through the sludge emerge the most remarkable blasts of melody which keep your ears finely tuned throughout. It never becomes too tuneful, nor too difficult, and it brings to mind the bleak inner city in which it was recorded - short blasts of sun peeking through the gap in the curtains of a darkened room.
Other names that spring to mind are angry Salford noiseniks Dub Sex, the angular guitar stabs of Gang of Four, very R. Pollard in its vocals at times, the production values recalling the recent Women album. In fact, this is like a bleak Northern English retort to the slightly more other-worldly Women, both bands learning the lesson as provided by The Fall: that you can screech and howl and make great swathes of noise but you must also have tunes. And bugger me, this one does.
9/10 Bornin69 Customer review, 6th December 2014
Brilliant, breathtaking, bracing - if I could think of some more superlatives starting with 'Br' I'd use them as well. This is one of the most exciting records I've heard in ages. Warm Widow are working in roughly the same dank workshop as bands like Eagulls and Hookworms, but outdo them both in ferocity and have better, more memorable tunes as well.
This is a pretty uncompromising record - plainly, if beautifully, packaged and recorded on what sounds like one of those little cassette recorders you used to have to connect up to your ZX Spectrum in the 1980s. It also throws you by starting with its least immediate track - 'Cracker', which is interesting but meandering. From then on it is pretty near perfect though - the sound is urgent, cacophonous, vital and every song is powerful and memorable.
Highlights for me are the banging 'In a Blackout' and 'Scruff of his Neck' and the slow, repetitious 'Back of the Class' which has echoes of early Fall. Highly recommended.
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