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.