It’s always sad when a band releases an album but also announces that it will stop as a band. This is what The Williams revealed after the release of their full-length Love Child. The 13-song album highlights the band’s multiple influences from British rock and punk that presents itself in more moody rock and roll.

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There’s a deliberate atmosphere across every single song. If The Williams didn’t break up after this album, you’d see a wide path that the band could take. “102” is a slow introduction and at almost five minutes, it allows a whole presentation of the band’s elements. I think “Lilith” is a strong single that takes what “102” sets up, but adds another layer. Its faster tempo allows listeners to get hooked.

As you work your way through each song, there is consistency with the arrangements. It almost borders on repetition, but each of The Williams’ songs has its own signature. “경기민요” is an easy-going rock song that breaks up some of the moodier elements. The vocals remain consistent, but there’s a lighter tone.

The Williams finally adopt punk rock on “Radio Seoul” adding a new energy on Love Child. It’s not entirely punk with a slight push further into rock, but helps add something different. Overall, Love Child is a melancholy listen because it shows the band’s potential and paths the band could have gone.

Love Child is a swansong album that highlights The Williams’ talent. It’s sad that they aren’t active anymore, but at least they were able to produce this album before they left.

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