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  • Summary: The third full-length album for the hard rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, which began as mathcore band Breather Resist before its sound changed, was produced with Kevin Ratterman.
  • Record Label: Temporary Residence
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Hardcore, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Noise-Rock
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 22, 2011
    The result is their most haunted and harrowing album to date. [May 2011, p.98]
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    If there's one thing made clear by the satisfying catharsis and musical quantum leap of In And Out Of Youth And Lightness, it's that Patterson should ignore his earlier advice more often if it results in albums of this caliber.
  3. In and Out of Youth and Lightness is not going to be an album for the impatient. A few listens are needed to soak in every layer this album has to offer.
  4. Apr 21, 2011
    Even when Young Widows' scorn escalates and the mood becomes more frenetic, In and Out of Youth and Lightness always feels detached. Maybe that's what makes it so unnerving, and so good.
  5. Jul 6, 2011
    Okay, at times the journey might seem a little too long--Miss Tambourine Wrist' does grate with repetitive ideas--but for the most part, the pacing between the slow death like marches and the adrenaline injected thrash falls are executed brilliantly.
  6. Jun 30, 2011
    Future Heart is the album's standout moment because it represents a rare moment of cathartic release, the band finally letting their brooding rhythm swell into something nearly anthemic. Young Widows do it well, but a little less restraint would do them one better.
  7. Apr 21, 2011
    Even if their whole style is essentially a throwback, there's plenty of room out there for throwback done right. But on too much of Youth and Lightness, they're not the machine they could be.

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  1. Oct 3, 2011
    Young Widows, a post-hardcore band from Kentucky, take a noise rock direction on their third studio album. Those looking for hysterical yell and other unpleasant sounds attached to the post-hardcore genre will feel highly disappointed. The pace is slow but doesnâ Expand