The Joy Formidable – 'Wolf's Law' album review
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Tue Jan 22 2013
The Joy Formidable – 'Wolf's Law'
- Rated as: 3/5
Packed with distorted guitars, thumping rhythms and sledgehammer choruses, this Welsh trio’s second album should, by rights, be a barnstorming alternative rock record – but it’s a frustrating listen. ‘Wolf’s Law’ opens with two towering singles, ‘This Ladder is Ours’ and ‘Cholla’, and follows them up with some thrashing yet brilliantly crafted tracks, particularly ‘Little Blimp’ and the super-heavy ‘Maw Maw Song’. There’s even a rare example here of a mid-album acoustic take – ‘Silent Treatment’ – that doesn’t scream ‘skip me’.
But widespread overproduction means the rest of the record blows past without making much of an impact. The songs here should have been served raw. As it they’re limp and soggy. Without any live crunch they sound like the sort of commercial and bombastic sub-Led Zeppelinisms that you’d expect from Biffy Clyro. Sadly, no matter how loud you play ‘Wolf’s Law’, it’s going to give you more bark than bite.
- Critics choice
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