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Fain (LP+MP3)

Wolf PeopleVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Steeple is the first album proper from Wolf People and represents the emergence of a fully fledged band from the fragmented, haunted bedroom meanderings of their Tidings singles compilation, released earlier this year. Recorded in a converted chicken barn on the grounds of a 17th century Welsh mansion, Steeple takes on a heavier sound while maintaining the arabesque electric guitars, ... Read more in Amazon's Wolf People Store

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  • Vinyl (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Empty Vessels
2. All Returns
3. When the Fire Is Dead in the Grate
4. Athol
5. Hesperus
6. Answer
7. Thief
8. NRR

Editorial Reviews

Recorded in an isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales, Fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It's an honest and natural album that allows its stories and melodies to breathe. The album draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they've done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they've made their own.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all worlds May 2, 2013
By K. Geib
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My enjoyment of Wolf People's music has always been a back seat kind of affair. In my life I tend to listen to music as if trying to place a theme on my life in that moment. If I'm feeling brash it's hard rock, if I'm feeling laid back it's ethereal electronic, if I feel upbeat I turn towards modern psychedelic. Wolf People for me has been mature, thoughtful music. I originally found them from hearing their early single Village Strollin' in of all things a video game and was surprised that they had used 120 year old broadside and made it into a long and emotionally gripping tale in Banks of Sweet Dundee pt1 + pt2.

So while to me personally Wolf People's previous albums seemed to alternate between rocking singles (Silbury Sands and Painted Cross from Steeple) and slower, more thoughtful songs (Banks of Sweet Dundee and Castle Keep from Steeple) that take a little longer to enjoy, Fain seems to drop the idea and instead just go for songs that manage to feel a little like both - feeling thoughtful and whimsical with the lyrics while at the same time always providing a driving beat with the drums, entertaining riffs on guitar, and grooving bass.

Wolf People have just gotten plain better with Fain, and honestly after listening to the album through a dozen times in the last few days I have trouble naming particular songs beyond the excellent first song "Empty Vessels", the mischievous sounding "Athol", the woeful "Thief", and stomping ending song "NRR"; there isn't a weak song in the bunch as I just hit play on track 1 and listen through all 44 minutes to the end of track 8. My next mission is to digest the lyrics sheet.

Wolf People had my curiosity with Tidings and more-so Steeple, but with Fain they now have my attention.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Wolf People's two full-lengths from 2010, the early singles comp 'Tidings' and their debut LP 'Steeple,' took me by surprise. The band's obvious 60's and 70's British rock influences--the bluesy hard-rock/proto-metal of Cream and Deep Purple, the psychedelic folk of Fairport Convention and Pentangle, and a touch of the prog-rock of Jethro Tull and King Crimson--are all bands I have varying degrees of respect and admiration for, and even listen to from time to time (though I admit I never got into Tull). But I didn't think it would be possible to mesh those sounds into something that didn't sound dated or cheesy, especially while retaining the medieval vibe of those folk bands. Well, they proved me wrong, and now with 'Fain,' their first album in 2 1/2 years, they've one-upped themselves.

While upon first blush it appears not much has changed, the compositions on 'Fain' have much more of a 70's progressive rock feel than anything they've released up to this point, with insane intertwining guitar wizardry that brings to mind Yes more than Deep Purple or Fairport, though those influences are still there in the guitar tones and the overall song-structures. But at the drop of a hat they will shift gears to straight-up prog or even traditional folk. On their first two albums Wolf People would flirt with prog occasionally, but here it's a true fusion. This mixture of British proto-metal, prog-rock, and folk is truly unique, with the psychedelic overtones making for an album that you can either rock-out to or trip-out to.

The highlights for me are the long tracks, like "When the Fire is Dead in the G" and "Hesperus," both of which are excellent "headphone journey" material, and even at nearly 7-minutes apiece, end much too soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rising for the Moon May 1, 2013
Format:Audio CD
What a good second album should consist of is maturity in the song writing, an improvement in the musicianship & a better understanding of how to use the studio.
This album ticks all those boxes, but with a bigger emphasis on folk-rock music(They remind me a little of Black Mountain, especially their 2005 album debut album, Worth checking out).
The album, as you can probably anticipate is full of sweeping, epic & grandiose songs, with the lyric focusing more on characters, whether they be ethereal or a Lighthouse keeper (which make a change from the usual falling in/out of love, or having a good time).
Now there something a little naff about Wolf Peoples music(the album has hardly got the cutting social commentary of "London Calling), but I think sometimes you need a bit of escapism, & this record certainly scratches that particular itch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Folk Rock July 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Wolf People's Fain album has got to make it as one of my top 10 for 2013. They dig up some gritty, pastoral, folk-rock guitar jams. Reminds me of Traffic (John Barleycorn Must Die), Led Zeppelin (III), Fairport Convention and, more recently, Midlake (The Courage of Others) and Tame Impala. This is excellent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Empty Vessels...Again! June 7, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I agree with all the praise for this album. One addition: this is a must buy for any fan of early Wishbone Ash. We're talking about "Errors of My Way" and "Lady Whiskey." The song "Hesperus" practically quotes "Warrior." Odd--"Empty Vessels"(the opening song)was also the name of Martin Turner and Steve Upton's pre-Wishbone band. Love both bands. This is great music.
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