by Brian Cook
on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Young Widows’ 2008 album Old Wounds was exactly the kind of record I craved at that particular moment in time. It was noisy but exacting, angry but contained. It took its time unfolding, opting for extended moments of repetition to make the explosive payoffs all the more powerful. It's still in heavy rotation on my turntable, a testament to its lasting power.
In the wake of Old Wounds, Young Widows released four split 7”s, all somewhat lacking the punch of the full-length. Maybe they were leftover tracks that didn’t make the cut for Old Wounds, maybe Young Widows need more than four minutes to really get their point across. Whatever the case may be, those four songs left me a little nervous about what the Louisville boys might have planned next. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still fine songs, but they don’t live up to Old Wounds’ finest moments.
Fortunately, the single for Young Widows’ upcoming full-length, In and Out of Youth and Lightness (due out on Temporary Residence April 12th) is very promising. “Future Heart” isn’t as heavily syncopated as their past work, but the song does have a very strong Constantines vibe to it, which is always a good thing. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing the album in its entirety.