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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the indie rock band sees it returning to its three-person line-up of Dan Boeckner, Spencer Krug, and Arlen Thompson.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. 85
    Thin Mind speaks to the concerns of an age fraught with ennui and commodification; much-needed social commentary scored with the understated, melodic, often allusive edge that is the outfit’s creative stamp.
  2. Jan 24, 2020
    80
    In concept and execution, Thin Mind is Wolf Parade in their classic form, but with a force and a sense of purpose that makes them sound fresh and vital. Losing DeCaro seems to have goaded Krug, Boeckner, and Thompson into showing their fans they still have the goods, and it works on Thin Mind.
  3. Jan 27, 2020
    80
    If Cry Cry Cry had the feel of a band shaking off the cobwebs and getting used to each other’s company once again, Thin Mind leaves no doubt about Wolf Parade’s continued vitality. You instantly feel that renewed vigour in the storming first seconds of the opening Under Glass.
  4. Jan 27, 2020
    66
    The contrasting approaches clash, but even Thin Mind’s strongest offerings feel recycled. Think of the record as comfort food for Wolf Parade fans, or as an introduction to the band for the uninitiated, and the unadorned craftsmanship grows palatable. It’s a fine record. It’s even modern. It just isn’t progress.
  5. Jan 27, 2020
    65
    Wolf Parade’s sound was once state of the art, but Thin Mind captures only intermittent reminders of how wild and wonderful their moment was.
  6. Kerrang!
    Jan 23, 2020
    60
    Occasionally, Thin Mind lacks the energy to truly achieve lift off, but maturity has given Wolf Parade room to roam. [11 Jan 2020, p.57]
  7. Feb 18, 2020
    60
    The lyrics, like the trio's over-familiar vintage keyboards and melodic guitars, feel mailed in. On the other hand, the middle of Thin Mind hits a refreshing apex, starting with the fourth track, Out of Control.

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  1. Jan 24, 2020
    10
    Takes a few listens but an absolutely amazing album. Rocks hard. Great lyrics. Most people will not give this album enough spins, they willTakes a few listens but an absolutely amazing album. Rocks hard. Great lyrics. Most people will not give this album enough spins, they will miss out. Makes me believe in music again. Expand