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Hey look, three girls recorded a lo-fi rock record. Cue obligatory Vivian Girls comparison, discard. Ok so I fucked up. I know, I thought I was perfect too but this does happen from time to time. Grass Widow doesn't sound like The Vivian Girls at all, but I'm lazy and didn't give this album the attention it deserved. Turns out this is one of the best things I forgot to listen to in 2009. Whoops. I'm sorry Grass Widow, I hope we can still be friends. I really like you. The reason Grass Widow was so easy for me to brush off after only one quick listen is because they are a pop band that demands your complete attention in order to appreciate all of the subtle nuances that make them so great. The songs on their self titled debut each clock in at under 3 minutes and still the band manages to slip in a dizzying array of pitch perfect harmonies, abrupt tempo changes and "hey that was rad, how the fuck did they think of sticking that in there?" guitar parts. Equal parts Slint, X-Ray Spex, and The Raincoats, Grass Widow is a band that will win you over with their modern take on post punk, assuming you give this band the attention they deserve. My only complaint? The entire record breezes by in just over 20 minutes. Don't tease me like this ladies, I need more.