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True Widow, Circumambulation
(Relapse Records)

07/25/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



7/25/2013 - At some point, this generation of hipster music consumers is going to grow up and realize that not all three-piece bands boasting a token hot chick on part-time amateurish vocals are something to flip out about, especially when it’s an overly blissy version of Savage Republic, like this stuff. I mean, we get it, yeah: a little hook-averse music and general un-pro-ness is a nice big loogie spat into the eye of The Man; surely one more lousy-sounding album that only a few dweebs in Brooklyn pretend to like and the establishment will collapse once and for all and we’ll never have to hear Usher or Ke$ha ever again — punch it in, nerds! Good luck with that, never minding that corporate sponsors are already using worse sludge-rock than this in commercials to sell hot dogs or whatnot — and we all know there’s nothing True Widow would love more than to add such a thing to its resumé. Its last few LPs were more fluffy/spacey in their gloom-metal approach, but as of now, the “–gaze” part is largely missing from the band’s stoner-gaze catchall, leaving the simple-stupid riffage to stick up for itself, which it does if you want to sit listening to gloomy, by-the-book slowcore. It’s cool if you do, but for me, I’d rather be doing something more worthwhile, like cleaning the litter box or recuperating from food poisoning. C+ — Eric W. Saeger





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