Those looking for some jubilant noises and wafting melodies built on top of a grunge-influenced rhythm section, you should find the tracks to your tastes.
First single, Cholla, is without doubt the album's strongest track; it is a moody, slickly produced number with overdubs aplenty which makes you wonder if the live version would include an increased line-up or sequencers. Similarly, Tendons is overproduced and rehashes old themes for the band, with swelling string sections and overtly fuzzed bass lines.
The Joy Formidable have a definite talent for creating a pop song, but it appears that they might be more well suited in constructing them under a stricter format and leave the rock aside, focusing on the distinct vocals of Ritzy Bryan. Wolf's Law effectively treads the middle ground of being a safe album that would be appealing to a wider audience, with subtle hints that perhaps the band was directed by the record company to 'dull' the creative side of the band down and focus on conservative sounds.
Overall, this album is nothing flash, but for those looking for some jubilant noises and wafting melodies built on top of a grunge-influenced rhythm section, you should find the tracks to your tastes.
Veterans lead this weeks releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.