9/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 June 2012
Mike promised me I’d like this Grass Widow record and he’s 100% correct. I’m sure I’ve heard them before on Brian’s recommendation but in the slew of garbage that’s foisted into my cranium on a daily basis its got lost somewhere. Opening track (on the B side - I reviewed it the wrong way round again) ‘Spock on Muni’ is just great with trademark spindly guitars and gorgeous lady harmonies - it also has a tune to die for and is surely the mid point between early REM and Lush. They have a feel of loads of early ‘80’s Athens GA bands, Oh Ok, Pylon and the like but also hints of Brits The Slits and The Raincoats.
This ain’t no wiry punk though, its choc full of pastoral gorgeous plangent melodies with interlocking vocals. The drums tumble along in a kind of non linear way & fit perfectly and just a little shambolically with the intertwining guitars. Onto the A side then and as you’d expect its strong stuff right along the way. Occasionally their melodies meander a little bit but its always a glorious sound. One of those albums (like the recent (ish) Real Estate one) where you can put it on from start to finish and enjoy every single note.
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