Vessels - Wolf & Cub
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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

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  • Summary: The buzz band from Adelaide, Australia (notable in part due to their twin-drummer lineup) make their full-length debut with this hard-rocking, psychedelic 10-song effort.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 90
    A fierce vision quest of psychedelic riffs 'n' roll that manages to sound like hard rock, shoegazer and new rave all within the same song, yet never feeling forced or false. [Mar 2007, p.98]
  2. Whilst it might not reinvent the wheel, Vessels is a rewarding slice of indie rock with a pleasing amount of dark psycadelic twist.
  3. 72
    Wolf & Cub manage to fill Vessels to the brim with irreverent guitar solos, pounding bass lines, and, well, let's just say they have two drummers for a good reason. [#24, p.102]
  4. All said, the album’s capably produced by Tony Doogan, Secret Machines aspirations and all, and it’s a debut wrapped in sophomore expansion, a third of a universe away from anything deservedly cosmic and anything appropriately full.
  5. In the end, Vessels comes across as a promising guitar-driven breath of fresh air trapped in a box of squeaky-clean studio tricks; what was hopeful is now hopeless, and what seemed like an exciting rock revival is simply a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
  6. 60
    Many songs start out as radio-friendly rockets before shooting off into a disorienting psychedelic haze. [May 2007, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. OliverR
    Feb 23, 2007
    10
    where did this come from? simply remarkable.
  2. FelipeP
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    Perfect! The best trip ever!
  3. JeremyR
    Feb 24, 2007
    10
    fantastic. a swirling roller coaster of guitar fuzz and thundering drums. my favourite of the year so far.
  4. MaryM
    Mar 2, 2007
    10
    once u hear This Miss, you'll be hooked. the marvelous thing about Wolf & Cub is that they're not a one trick pony, their music spans lots of styles and genres. Vessels rewards the listener with each listen. Expand
  5. JackM
    Mar 2, 2007
    10
    if every album was this consistently good, the world would be a better place. favourites would have to be "Kingdom" and "Rozalia Bizarre".
  6. JustinS
    Apr 9, 2007
    8
    Pretty good album, awesome live.
  7. mfetter
    Mar 7, 2007
    2
    this sonic drivel acheived critical "universal acclaim"? maybe if i can just get my ears closer to my ass i can figure out what i'm missing. ok, that's better. listening closer now to hear what's to like, but concluding metacritic's reviewers ("users") are either A) too easily wowed, or B) so eager to be out in front of a buzz band / peer concious they'll swallow & bandwagon any monotonous, droning noise as indispensable. if monotony's w&c's point - i get it, enough already. you can catch this level of talent in any dive bar any night of the week. pointless hype. bring on the new arctic monkeys disc. Expand

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