Album Reviews: Young Widows – ‘In And Out Of Youth And Lightness’

Collision of blues and punk from the ex-hardcore kids

Flying the flag for their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, [a]Young Widows[/a] uphold its reputation for enabling ex-hardcore kids to create creepy, gloomy guitar music. They might not be quite as epochal as [a]Slint[/a] or [a]Will Oldham[/a] in this regard, but [b]‘In And Out…’[/b], their third album, takes leggy strides on from the previous two.

The considerable [a]Jesus Lizard[/a] influence of old is now a vehicle to explore great plains of blackened swamp-rock; Evan Patterson’s lyrical turns of phrase are still subtly unsettling, and the overall collision of punk and blues is a bit like [a]Grinderman[/a], without the spectre of ironic smirking.

Noel Gardner

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