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Not a lot goes down in Casco, Maine. In the winter months, this sequestered hamlet around 30 miles from Portland in the North Easternmost tip of the United States acquires a Siberian stillness as suffocating snow descends and carpets this eerily remote and reclusive region.

Yet it was to a forest just outside Casco that The Joy Formidable singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian ... Read more in Amazon's The Joy Formidable Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00A40MH3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Ladder Is Ours
2. Cholla
3. Tendons
4. Little Blimp
5. Bats
6. Silent Treatment
7. Maw Maw Song
8. Forest Serenade
9. The Leopard And The Lung
10. The Hurdle
11. The Turnaround

Editorial Reviews

Wolf's Law is an unashamedly intricate record. Lyrically, the record touches politics of both the personal and global type, "The Leopard And The Lung" focusing on Kenyan environmental activist (Wangari Maathai) while "Tendons" is, according to Ritzy, "the closest we have ever got to a love song, albeit a very peculiar, f***ing love song. "

Throughout Wolf's Law the experience of its diverse recording locations and its influence on the thought process of its writers is tangible. With initial recording taking place in the band's home of North Wales followed by recording the bulk of the album in a cabin in Portland, Maine in midwinter with snowstorms and drifts of up to 9 foot blocking any contact with the outside world, the extremes of the natural world were bound to play a part.

That the band have taken the opportunity offered with the release of Wolf's Law to further widen their horizons and their sound will come as no surprise to anyone already familiar with their work to date or their live show.

Customer Reviews

After several listens, I've concluded I like this better than their first album.
Alec E Molinaro
That being said, the songwriting is still great, and if you liked any of their previous material, you will definitely like this album.
Kenneth Skertchly
This album has it all; similar styling to the previous album, new complex sounds, experimenting with different instruments.
B. Fong

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on January 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Joy Formidable is a band that took me completely by surprise back in 2011. I discovered them almost by accident and was immediately blown away by their ambitious and energetic debut, The Big Roar. It was the sound of a band full of big ideas and a hunger to compose captivating music. It should come as no surprise that barely two years later the group is giving the world their sophomore record, an album that will hopefully give them the mainstream exposure that they deserve.

Wolf's Law isn't a huge departure from its predecessor. The wall of sound created by these three individuals is as full and powerful as ever, not to mention there are some new and thrilling elements incorporated into these layers. Orchestral and choir tracks are sprinkled subtly throughout the album and the result is a fuller, more expansive sound that draws you into the album's themes of nature, relationships, and wildlife. "This Ladder Is Ours" makes for a perfect opener, beginning with quiet strings before exploding into the crunchy guitar and boisterous drums we've come to expect from the band. Songs like "Cholla" and "Bats" manage to deliver the perfect balance between melody and distorted ambiance.

If you enjoyed their debut then this album will likely suit you; the band didn't branch out wildly from what they before. However, they do up the ante by including piano and gentle textures into the background. "The Leopard and the Lung" uses a subtle piano melody and the result is both haunting and exciting. There's even an acoustic number, "Silent Treatment", which works beautifully and was certainly something I wouldn't have expected. This album is the sound of a band growing and upon my first listen I honestly couldn't expect what would come next.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Jones on January 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Joy Formidable is one of the best bands to hit the scene in recent years. Their first proper album "The Big Roar" was an explosion of sound and melody, all with Ritzy's vocals soaring over and under all the fuzzy guitars and pounding drums. Some critics called them "shoe gaze," which I suppose is in reference to the fuzziness and noise. And while I can certainly see the classic UK "shoe gaze" influences like Ride and My Bloody Valentine, The Joy Formidable injected some seriously raw energy. Pure rock and roll attitude.

"The Big Roar" hit hard and fast, and was beautiful in the most obscure of ways. I was really looking forward to "Wolf's Law," but as soon as I put in the stereo my first thought was, "I feel like something's missing." To me, the songs are not nearly as melodic as the first record. The chord structures aim for but ultimately miss that haunting yet joyful quality they used to have. I just haven't been able to connect with this album like I hoped to.

A huge part of that complaint is the actual recording and mix. "The Big Roar" was mixed by the incredible Rich Costey who is known primarily for working with Muse. He brought out the energy, the low end, and the power of the trio and made them sound huge. "Wolf's Law" is mixed by Andy Wallace, while a very competent and respected mix engineer, somehow manages to make the sound thin. Costey made all the instruments feel like they were together in the same room. Wallace's mix makes them, at least to my ears, seem separate and apart. Never fully resting in the same space.

This may seem like a trivial complaint but it has had an enormous impact on how I hear this record. I don't know, I can't quite put my finger on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.Cooper on January 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
'This Ladder Is Ours' (the opening track) is the best that they've done so far! Inventive energetic melodic, a great sand sorry sound blast, life affirming & the most inspiring beautiful number heard since The Jezabels 'So Hard' which is saying something. Well how are they going to follow that (sic) step. Do they need to? No they don't. In any case let's give the rest a go. 'Cholla' is more of a noise blitz & doesn't do so much for these ears even if Ritzy injects interesting bits & guts into it & there are some imaginative abrupt time changes. More tender is 'Tendons' which is a fine experience "careful of the night" with all out guitars & even includes some harp. 'Little Blimp' has a slightly different sound via riveting bass & is quite OK. 'Bats' is a slightly uncomfortable metallic affair "I had a reason but it went away" where they go in for one of their extended ending onslaughts. 'Silent Treatment' is a gentle acoustic guitar number "it is all you'll get from me" and adds a quiet relief & variation. Via a Japanese sounding start (a harp) the 'Maw Maw Song' then excitedly thunders along, whereupon it suddenly changes & strangely sounds like The World Of Oz's 'The Hum Gum Tree' (an obscure 60s track), then eventually seems to head in the direction of present day Muse with all out guitar pyrotechnics. Don't really get this but somehow this strange mixture seems to work. 'Forest Serenade' is a nice extension of the melody & energy of 'Ladder' "don't be the hand that takes lulls my forest serenade" and is more excellence. 'The Leopard & The Lung' with some fast piano trilling is more of a noisy electronica fuzz fest but then moves into gentleness with vocals provide by both Rhydian & Ritzy and becomes quite euphoric & anthemic.Read more ›
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