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On their debut self-titled album, Women embraced sonic brashness that deeper examination revealed to be tinted with sly pop melody. With Public Strain the band honed a sound truthful to that reverb drenched noise while allowing the pop sensibilities to surface into clearer focus.

From the opening strains of "Can't You See" it's clear that the album is far more than just a continuation of their debut. Resting upon a plodding bass line, deadpan vocal delivery, and bowed guitars and… read more



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  • addictive
  • one of the more notable jumps in quality between a first and second album over the last decade
  • my favorite album of all time. Still floors me everytime I listen to it
  • Very dense, very desolate, but very beautiful. It's like a depressed, alcoholic version of shoegaze.
  • One of my favourite albums so far.
  • glenn brancaa
  • Public Strain is going to be a classic for future generations.
  • One of my fav albums. Ever.
  • this was a damn good album. Wish more albums like this.
  • easily one of my favorite albums. hard-pressed to find a more melancholic album.

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