Wolf's Law - The Joy Formidable
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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

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  1. Jan 27, 2013
    7
    The Joy Formidable do only seem to operate within a very small circle of loud distortion, crashing drums and grinding bass guitar strumming, but it's a great circle that has helped them produce a more than solid album. Most songs seem to follow the structure of having loud verses and even louder choruses, and they very rarely deviate from this, but they show in flashes that they can write epic songs to close off albums, acoustic trimmings ('Silent Treatment') to work as the album's keystone and some mean riffs that echo some of Biffy Clyro's best work. Collapse
  2. Jan 29, 2013
    4
    Poorly produced. The drums, strings, and keys all sound digitally done. Worst of all is the way they ruined her voice. She seems to have recorded a bunch of tracks for each vocal in different keys, but they are all mixed at the same level so you can't really hear how she actually sounds. A big step down from The Big Roar. This is what happens when bands self produce.
  3. Jan 26, 2013
    10
    Just wonderful and fascinated piece of art. There are many powerful songs, which give your strength, joy and feeling, that our life is crazy party, where everything can happen.
  4. Nov 1, 2013
    5
    Not a very good album. For an album that goes out of its way to be perceived as not just another run of mill rock album (lavish strings and synths, massive drums, long and sustained whammied guitar solos, etc) it really just falls flat on its face and is quite boring and average. There was very little substance and I didn't feel the need to ever listen to this album again.
  5. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    FINALLY After years of dull indie rock, we have an album that breaks free of all the genre trappings, does it's own thing and just sticks it's soul out there for everyone to see. I love this album.. in a sea of mediocrity it stands out as spectacular from the first note to the last. I hope The Joy Formidable are around for a long time because this album is sublime.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Oct 4, 2013
    67
    Wolf's Law swings as hard as The Big Roar, the difference being the aim. Regardless, it's a blast to blow out your speakers with.
  2. You can’t help but admire their ambition, but their tendency to overreach is inhibiting them from becoming the band they want and deserve to be.
  3. 90
    This second album is less of a record than an experience. You truly get a sense of cosmic alignment here.