Public Strain

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Public Strain
Women Public Strain.jpg
Studio album by Women
Released September 28, 2010
Label Flemish Eye (Canada)
Jagjaguwar (United States)
Producer Chad VanGaalen
Women chronology
Public Strain

Public Strain is the second album by Calgary band Women. This record was produced by Chad VanGaalen.[1] It was released in 2010 on VanGaalen's Flemish Eye record label in Canada, and on Jagjaguwar in the US.

Two songs on the album are direct references to artist Ray Johnson. Locust Valley is the town where Johnson lived in New York State. Venice Lockjaw is a phrase Johnson incorporated in pins that he gave away at the Venice Biennale. A direct reference to the artist was also on the first self-titled album of 2008: "Sag Harbour Bridge" from where Ray Johnson committed suicide in 1995.


The album was released to critical acclaim, with UK-based review aggregator site AnyDecentMusic? correlating twenty-one reviews resulting in an ADM Rating of 7.8[2]

Exclaim! awarded Public Strain its No. 10 spot in Pop & Rock Albums of 2010.[3] Writer Brock Thiessen said "Public Strain showed that rock'n'roll can still offer shock and awe." Pitchfork Media placed it at number 47 on its list "The Top 50 Albums of 2010".[4]

The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
BBC Very Positive[7]
Cokemachineglow 86%[8]
Drowned In Sound 8/10 stars[9]
NME 8/10 stars[10]
One Thirty BPM 79%[11]
Pitchfork (8.0/10)[12]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[13]
SPIN 8/10 stars[14]
Sputnik Music 5/5 stars[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Can't You See" 3:40
2. "Heat Distraction" 4:05
3. "Narrow With the Hall" 2:37
4. "Penal Colony" 2:39
5. "Bells" 3:22
6. "China Steps" 4:21
7. "Untogether" 3:08
8. "Drag Open" 4:52
9. "Locust Valley" 4:14
10. "Venice Lockjaw" 2:47
11. "Eyesore" 6:25
Total length: 40:10


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