Review: The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

I’m always very interested in the initial track of an album – the set-up.  The initial track, “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie” is a little short of 8 minutes.  So if you’re looking for an easy way out to the next track without losing the context, you’re screwed.  It has to be listened to in entirety.  It’s not a bad deal because the track is incredible, and highly repeatable.  One of the easiest 8 minute openers to sit through ever – large in sound and scope, which is amazing for a 3-piece.  It gets better from there – “The Magnifying Glass” starts with a laugh, and runs immediately into crashing guitars, into a great chorus.  The project just rolls along, never boring you – an excellent listen, clocking in at seemingly short 48 minutes.  “Whirring” and “Austere” are also nice standouts.

Grade: A-.  It’s just an excellent debut – epic and ambitious.  I’d heard the EPs, but this is something else, as a whole complete project.  I think the Metric/Arcade Fire comparison is lazy, and I’ve used it to describe it to people, so I know.  I think it’s more about the combination of two awesomes.

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