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Wolf Parade - Cry Cry Cry (2lp)
Wolf Parade - Cry Cry Cry (2lp)
Sub Pop | LP | 28

Gatefold jacket with custom dust sleeves and etching on side 4! @The band itself is almost a fifth member of the band, something more or at least different than the sum of its parts,@ says WOLF PARADE-s Spencer Krug. @We don-t know who or what is responsible for our sound, it-s just something that naturally and consistently comes from this particular combo of musicians.@ That sound/complex yet relatable, an energetic brew of glam, prog, synth/rock, and satisfying discomfort/helped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on hiatus in 2010. A cautious reunion in 2014 led to the release of EP 4 last year and a handful of headlining shows that drew thousands. And now Wolf Parade is back with Cry Cry Cry, their first full/length album in seven years, and a world tour along with it. The band-s first album produced by Pacific Northwest legend John Goodmanson *Bikini Kill, Sleater/Kinney, Unwound( at Robert Lang Studios outside of Seattle, Cry Cry Cry is undeniably Wolf Parade/but with the renewed focus and creativity of a band that took the time to get exactly where we needed to be. The album takes the best parts of what makes Wolf Parade so uniquely electric/the soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars, and chaotic keys/and finds a way to allow the best compositionally prog elements a firm seat at the table. It-s also a homecoming to Sub Pop, which released all three of the band-s previous albums. In their time apart, the band scattered geographically and focused on family and other work / Spencer on his solo project Moonface, Dan Boeckner on his bands Handsome Furs, Operators, and Divine Fits *with Spoon-s Britt Daniel(, Dante De Caro on records with Carey Mercer-s Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach, and Arlen Thompson on being a dad and working a @normal@ job. This break allowed for an even stronger, tighter Wolf Parade to emerge, if not exactly pick up where they left off. @All of our albums are always a reaction to our last one,@ says Arlen. @Expo 86 *2010( was about as sparse as we get, and this time we wanted to make the palette a little larger.@ Cry Cry Cry is deliberate in its arrangements and embrace of the studio process. The result is songs like @Valley Boy,@ a Bowie/inflected anthem for which Spencer wrote lyrics after Leonard Cohen died the day before the 2016 election. @You-re Dreaming,@ also influenced by the election and the spinning shock that followed, is driving, urgent power pop that draws from artists like Tom Petty and what Dan calls one of his @default languages@ for writing music. The swirly, synth/heavy crescendo of @Artificial Life@ takes on the struggle of artists and at/risk communities. The album carries a sense of uprising that is not unrelated to Wolf Parade-s renewed determination to drive the band forward in uncertain times. @All right / Let-s fight / Let-s rage against the night@/ Evie Nagy


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