Cry Cry Cry
Album Review by Rustyn Clark
Why the tears, Friend? Wolf Parade’s fourth-and-latest album, Cry Cry Cry, gives you no reason to weep - unless we’re talking tears of joy. The fiery intensity of the vocals and “here we are again!” rhythm and loudness of the music is very reminiscent of their first album way back in ’05 with Apologies to the Queen Mary. That album is the reason we still get excited to hear of another Wolf Parade release – not that their second and third albums were bad – but Cry Cry Cry reminds us of how they captured our attention in the first place.
The album opens just as you’d hope from this Montreal quartet, “Lazarus Online” is the sound to think of when you think of Wolf Parade. It’s heavy, it’s hopeful, it’s mournful, but most of all it is strong and catchier than you’d initially expect. The surprise comes from their single, track two – cleverly positioned just after the sound-defining opening track – as a more upbeat and pop-tastic version of Wolf Parade. That’s perhaps the most refreshing component of the entire album: it is new and reminds us of why we love these guys, but it’s fresh and colorful.
We must take a moment to consider the risk Wolf Parade took by hyping the public up so much about this newest set of 11 tracks. They announced EPs, singles, and tour dates on their website and kept us all on the edges of our seats with a mysterious countdown clock. Of course, we all knew the countdown was for the release of a new album; but after the previous two releases, At Mount Zoomer and Expo 86 (which were acceptable works, but somewhat disappointing after their darling debut) they were really taking their chances.
And it paid off!
The entire album feels like music, lyrics, solos, and vocals written, produced, and performed by a group of guys happy to be doing their thing again. When you can feel the happiness in music you know it can’t be far from good. It’s weird too, because Wolf Parade’s signature sound is a little darker and more pessimistic than your standard upbeat pop-sounds. Yet they somehow create a sound that makes you feel justified in feeling good about the serious things in life. It’s interesting because this very thought is not lost on the band themselves as their final track, “King of Piss and Paper” starts off with, “How can we sing about ourselves? / How can we sing about love?”
If you’re in the mood for a seriously redeeming album, you should consider adding a track or two from Wolf Parade to your favorite playlist. Released by Sub Pop on October 6, 2017 you can catch Wolf Parade’s Cry Cry Cry streaming on Spotify.