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Record In Review: The Widowers’ Mint Grizz

By Pat Gunther

Baton Rouge alternative outfit The Widowers provides fans with catchy and light quasi-love songs on their newest Oct. release, Mint Grizz. From the first track, their influences manifest themselves abundantly, with vocals and tempo reminiscent of alternative rock superheroes The National, Matt Sigur and co. take bits and pieces of their musical inspiration and tie them all together to create a record dripping with personal detail and vivid yet concise lyrical imagery. More importantly, this record is full of feel-good tunes that employ sunshine-laden timbre’s and a variety of different sounds that all fall within the specific genre of alternative rock.

Elements of that 90s rock popularized by Sum 41 and Blink 182 rear their heads on tracks like “Catarina” and “Tanker”, while the more easygoing and sultry cuts like “Beggard” and “Giant” really steal the show. As an LSU journalism graduate, Sigur has the ability to fill a lyric sheet with tons of personal anecdotes, stories and sappy romantic lines that swim among instrumentation reminiscent of those cool, clear Baton Rouge spring days. Despite all of this, Sigur’s newest record owes a large amount of credit to those musical elements that shaped the rock scene of his youth.

However reminiscent of other bands Sigur actually is takes a back seat in this situation, as the album provides listeners with feel-good catchy tunes that will only become decidedly more personal as Sigur’s musical footprint grows. Sigur wrote the album’s opening track, “Passing Through”, at the tender age of 16 and has re-recorded the cut several times over the past ten years to get to the finalized version that appears on his debut LP. This, more than anything, is a prime example of Sigur’s ability to adapt to the times and musical climate that he and his handpicked band mates have thrust themselves into.

In the context of the recent influx of musical releases here in the Red Stick, Matt Sigur has emerged as a versatile player in alternative rock as evident through his eclectic and consistently enjoyable soundscape with the release of Mint Grizz. At the same time, though, the lyrics remain the strongest aspect of his work—a given considering his daytime job as a News editor at 225 Magazine. However, like the evolution of the first track, Sigur’s sound will only gets more personal and unique as he continues to play; and if that’s a sign of things to come, you can be sure that you’ll be hearing the name Matt Sigur pretty often over the next couple of years. 

FAVORITE TRACKS:
“Beggard”

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“Tanker”
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“Catarina”
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“My Lover Is A Ghost”
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 LEAST FAVORITE TRACKS:

“Name of My Sister”
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“Don’t Wanna Know”
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