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20 Watts Reviews We Are Wolves’ Invisible Violence by JohnCassillo

We Are Wolves' Invisible Violence fails to really resonate with listeners

PREVIEW: VISIT We Are Wolves’ MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 10/20 Watts

Quebec’s We Are Wolves brings their latest, Invisible Violence, to us with a sound vaguely similar to Maps & Atlases. However, although the album was flexible with many varied rhythms and beats, its core issue is that it lacks a real, discernable interest.

Opener “Paloma” provides a great introduction to the album, displaying the repetitive edge the band acquires. Yet with each song, the theme seems to be consistency. The idea of a dramatic change, or even a alternative verse is unfathomable.

The inherent value of the album is solely based on how the instrumentals can lead the vocals. For example, “Dreams” pushes for the vocals to narrate, and leaves the instruments only as the transportation device. Even though the vocals aren’t half bad, there is still this underlying feeling that a little less might add to the tracks. In some respects the percussion section becomes somewhat of a saving grace, along with the occasionally outspoken sections of guitar, as seen on “Near Fear.”

Unfortunately, this is as far as the accolades go. Invisible Violence is somewhat disappointing since it leaves the listener wanting too much more, and holding on to the idea of a climax. Yes, the album runs a midly successful progression from beginning to end, with the effort’s finer tracks holding out until its conclusion. But one can’t help to think that scattering these moments throughout the record would have left the listener more interested and engaged. There are parts that seem “danceable,” and thirty-second increments of great musical moments. The overall product though, just fails to grab your attention outside of these moments. Because of this, it’s hard to necessarily take anything away from the album, which is it’s most tragic, and crucial flaw.

–Sarah Sterns

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