Wolf Parade’s new album Cry Cry Cry is an interesting blend of different of different genres.
The first sond, “Lazarus Online”, is very dark. The piano paired with the vocalist’s David Bowie-esque voice quoting T.S. Eliot’s Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (“Lets fight / Let’s rage against the night”) sounds almost gothic. Halloween and October are over, but this song is helping me celebrate for just a bit longer.
The next song “You’re Dreaming” makes a huge shift, with the synth-heavy song sounding very 80s. “Valley Boy” manages to switch between the gothic and 80s sounds of the previous songs, and the product is really interesting and something I’ve never heard before.
“Incantation” is probably one of my favorite songs on this album. It’s very keyboard and drum-heavy, and the buildup to the trumpet was a great payoff.
After such an energetic song, they decided to slow it down a bit with “Flies on the Sun”. I really liked the wordplay for the verse “Time is a weapon that had us all clocked”. While not being a bad song, it’s not as great as the other songs, and works well as a break before back-to-back songs that are six minutes each.
One of these long songs is “Baby Blue”. “Sometimes we are an open flower / Sometimes we are an open wound / Sometimes we are a kind of echo chamber, wherein / You’re all fire and brimstone.” The western undertones in this song kind of remind me of “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse, which is great. I was hoping the next song “Weaponized” would be a part two, making one long song, but it still pairs well.
The last few songs on the album weren’t the greatest, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Apparently they were on hiatus for five years, so it’s good to see them back, and I’ll definitely keep an eye on their album releases in the future.
By: Monica Brich