By Alec Warkentin
Cry Cry Cry
Universal Music Canada / Sub Pop
Gone for six years and gracefully back again, Montreal’s Wolf Parade have returned to the fold draped in a sound that’s easily their most lush and polished yet.
Carried by the sardonic vocals of frontman Spencer Krug, Cry Cry Cry straddles the line between goofiness and utmost sincerity, encapsulating a flair for the dramatic that may be the lynch-pin for new initiates to the band’s following. This is most prevalent on opener “Lazarus Online,” where heavy piano meshes with Krug’s wavering baritone around lyrics such as: “Lazarus online/ I received your message/ You’re a fan of mine, your name’s Rebecca, and you’ve decided not to die.”
Apart from the sensational theatrics, however, Cry Cry Cry is actually a pretty solid album overall. Tracks like the quasi-ballad “Baby Blue” and the post-punk-revivalist-chic “Am I an Alien Here” more than makeup for the tedious pitter-patter of weaker cuts like “Valley Boy” and “Who Are Ya.” Another important consideration for Cry Cry Cry is that it was produced with enough upbeat moments to counterbalance some of the more extravagant, and the finished product not only runs clean — it’s an album that you can play start to finish without fighting the urge to skip through.
In short, Cry Cry Cry is a fitting post-hiatus return; an album that you feel in your chest, whether you’d like to or not.Cry Cry Cry, Record Review, Sub Pop, Universal Music Canada, Wolf Parade