The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law (Atlantic Records)
CD / DL / LP
Hot on the heels of the Monday’s live review of The Joy Formidable comes this review of their new album, the follow up to their highly successful debut album, Wolf’s Law.
The Joy Formidable are a strange band. They often get described as a ‘rock’ band which is arguably wrong as they tend to mix all sorts of different genres together to create a unique sound – a unique sound that’s hard not to love.
It’s now been two years since their debut ‘The Big Roar’ rocketed them to stardom but finally, after a year spent largely touring, the Welsh trio have returned with an eagerly awaited second album ‘Wolf’s Law’.
‘Wolf’s Law’ is full of their signature guitar riffs, fast drums, brilliant female vocals and heavy bass playing. This second album also seems to be mixed with a little psych and a lot more rock.
The album opens with their recent indie anthemic singles ‘Cholla’ and ‘This Ladder Is Ours’ which sets the tone for the album. You’d think anyway. Next up is the suspenseful ‘Little Blimp’ which resembles something Muse would write as it’s quite atmospheric.
Halfway through the album TJF introduce us to the slow tempo ‘Silent Treatment’ which in my opinion isn’t what they’re good at. Despite this though ‘Forest Serenade’, ‘The Leopard and The Lung’ and ‘Maw Maw Song’ follow on from this one blip & showcase the trio’s talent at its best.
Overall, it’s hard to determine what sound the band are trying accomplish in this album but there’s plenty of time in the future for them to decide on that.
The Joy Formidable gained a huge fanbase after their debut album. It was so well-crafted it sounded like the band had been together for years. Unfortunately, this sounds a little less crafted, sloppy at times and seems to be a lot more produced in terms of noise.
The Joy Formidable may need to decide on a focus in future but despite this, the future still stays bright for them.
All words by Lucy Thompson. You can read more from Lucy on LTWhere.