Wolf's Law - The Joy Formidable
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release from the Welsh alternative rock trio.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jan 22, 2013
    91
    The songs on this album are echoing, but not distant; they connect on a personal level, and then pull the listener along in a mighty heave.
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    This is one for speakers, not headphones, a great dense whoosh of music that makes you feel like the bloke in the old Maxell tapes advert.
  3. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    Wolf's Law, the second studio album from The Joy Formidable, finds the Welsh trio building upon its already gargantuan sound with remarkable aplomb.
  4. Jan 9, 2013
    70
    The studio remains the band's fourth member and their wind-tunnel intensity is a constant. The compositions are more focused this time round, however, while quiet-loud dynamic shifts are more arresting.
  5. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    Unlike their debut-which could sometimes have moments equivalent to loud machine-gun fire, occasionally hitting its intended target but blurring together and exhausting itself--the tracks on Wolf's Law are like laser-guided rocket blasts, tighter and more effective.
  6. Jan 31, 2013
    60
    Subtlety isn't the band's forte, but they sure know how to make an ostensibly stripped-down rock song enormous.
  7. Jan 24, 2013
    40
    All too often the joy is forgettable. [Feb 2013, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  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. Expand
  5. 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. Expand