AOTY 2017
Cry Cry Cry
Wolf Parade - Cry Cry Cry
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #131 / 653
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2017 Ratings: #138
October 6, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
John Goodmanson / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
wolfparade.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
We may never get another album as breathtaking as Wolf Parade's debut, but it's great to have them firing on all cylinders once again.
91
A.V. Club

Cry Cry Cry is Wolf Parade’s most vibrant, energetic record to date.

90
Drowned in Sound

Ultimately, Cry, Cry, Cry while perhaps not a return to Apologies to Queen Mary’s zeitgeist making turn, shows that Wolf Parade are no longer living under that momentum debut’s shadow. This is the follow-up record it seems the band have been searching to create ever since they first started about writing At Mount Zoomer and through to Expo 86.

85
Under The Radar

The greatest and most wonderful surprise is that Cry Cry Cry burns with the passion of a debut. Whatever electricity had maybe seeped out of the band prior to their hiatus has crackled back to life and then some. Cry Cry Cry captures the sound of a group thrilled by playing music together again.

85
Paste

That seven-year break might have been just what Wolf Parade needed to regroup and come back even stronger than before, and Cry Cry Cry shows that guitar rock is far from dead.

80
Slant Magazine

Nearly every track on Cry Cry Cry starts simply with guitar, piano, or organ and layers in additional textures—horn blasts here, a flurry of electronic effects there—until the songs swell to kinetic, instrumentally dense climaxes.

80
The Guardian

Cry Cry Cry is their most cohesive work yet, a blend of Springsteenian bar-room rock and Sparks-style operatics that holds together surprisingly well.

80
AllMusic

Feeling strong and fit after their layoff, Wolf Parade don't sound like a band convinced they have something to prove on Cry Cry Cry -- it quickly announces that they're as capable and creative as ever, and the finished product is as strong as anything they've released to date.

80
PopMatters

Some would likely argue that Wolf Parade’s formula peaked with At Mount Zoomer, but those who do should take note because Wolf Parade’s latest, Cry Cry Cry sees the band back at what it does best at a time when we need it most.

75
Northern Transmissions
While definitely one of the band’s most catchy records in years, it suffers greatly from sounding too much like everything else.
75
Consequence of Sound
Far from the navel-gazing subterfuge that leaves many indie rock outfits bobbing at the surface, Wolf Parade isn’t afraid to dive deep. While they don’t always emerge with pearls, the effort is commendable, and one that leaves us hoping that the next time they swim away into the dark, they won’t take so long to find their way back.
74
Sputnikmusic

Wolf Parade have always worn their derelict charm and slightly wild-eyed fervor as marks of pride. Cry Cry Cry too often sounds like those sharp edges have been sanded down to beautifully dull corners.

70
Exclaim!

Cry Cry Cry isn't going to radically alter anyone's perception of Wolf Parade. New listeners should still start with 2005's essential Apologies to the Queen Mary and 2008's underrated At Mount Zoomer. If those album's didn't or don't do anything for you, chances are this one won't either.

70
The Line of Best Fit
Undoubtedly, this record is destined to be performed in massive arenas. Musically, it is not quite extraordinary, yet this could all change in a live setting, and it remains a more than worthy return for a group who are experts in their craft.
67
Pitchfork

The result is a more coherent and streamlined record than the previous two, but it likewise echoes Apologies to the Queen Mary enough to present its shortcomings in stark relief.

60
DIY
‘Cry Cry Cry’ does not offer up a revolutionary new scope of sound. But that doesn’t mean it totally lacks artistic ingenuity.
Nov 25, 2017
78
A couple of high profile indie rock disappointments this year – most notably Arcade Fire, but also The Shins, Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, etc. – got an early narrative going that indie rock is obsolete. But since then, this has been the best year in a long time for indie bands that got big in the 2000s – off the top of my head, we’ve seen very strong records from Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The National, Conor Oberst, Feist, and Land of Talk – and I think Wolf ... read more
Nov 2, 2017
Music_Observer
72
The shock factor of the music’s long form composition through slowly evolving improvisatory jams ultimately made this a success, especially with nice piano movement and saxophone solos, but the interest only came after wading through long stretches of a false verse-chorus form that rarely had anything engaging in the songwriting structure, making the codas just barely worth the wait. My Score: 130/180 (Solid) = 72/100
Oct 26, 2017
DiegoPaim01
67
Apesar do seu som forte e grandioso de guitarra, poucas coisas me chamam a atenção neste disco do wolf parade. Há momentos tocantes, como a faixa em homenagem ao Leonard Cohen (Valley Boy), que com uma levada pesada e uma melodia pegajosa te conduz por mares de angústia, saudade e perplexidade com o nosso tempo. E num geral as músicas lidam com estes sentimentos, estas sensações, o que é sempre interessante para mim. Só que o rock ... read more
Oct 15, 2017
75
Favorite tracks: Lazarus Online, You're Dreaming, Weaponized
Oct 9, 2017
pnrs
72
Prefacing this by saying that 'Apologies To The Queen Mary' is one of my favorite albums from the post-punk revival era. It's fresh, ahead of the curve, and idiosyncratic in a time that saw its sound feel played out and revolutionary at the same time. I've never really been too impressed by any of Wolf Parade's projects, but 'Cry Cry Cry' piqued my interest. The choruses of a number of songs are delightfully catchy, and the band's sound is fresh in time where music isn't overwhelmingly ... read more
END OF YEAR LISTS
#12/Earbuddy
#98/Louder Than War
MISC LISTS
#15/Uproxx (Rock)
Track List
  1. Lazarus Online
  2. You're Dreaming
  3. Valley Boy
  4. Incantation
  5. Flies on the Sun
  6. Baby Blue
  7. Weaponized
  8. Who Are Ya
  9. Am I an Alien Here
  10. Artificial Life
  11. King of Piss and Paper
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Added on: July 20, 2017