Laughing Matter

Wand - Laughing Matter
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #367 / 758
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2019 Ratings: #436
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usedtobe
90
I can't shake the fact that Cory Hanson (lead vocalist) has that uncanny resemblance to Thom Yorke's vocals. Good thing is, this record shimmers all the way through its massive 14 track album which expands from grungy, garage rock to an expansive psychedelia sound. An adventurous, rewarding listening experience.
aaronalkan
78
Great album. Love the melodies and production. Some songs sound like removed tracks from the In Rainbows session. Radiohead comparisons aside, I love the production and tone on the whole thing. I really wish that track Tortoise was removed from the album, I don't get it at all.

Favs: Scarecrow, xoxo, High Planes Drifter, Wonder, Rio Grande, Wonder (II)
SonicDiscovery
80
Wand is a psychedelic/alternative band from LA and they keep busy, with having released 5 albums in 5 years and here we get their newest release Laughing Matters through the indie label Drag City. I tend to have issues with bloated albums that go past the one hour mark (which this does), but I really enjoyed the variety of styles they cover within its time. Listening to these songs you might think they sound an awful lot like 90’s era Radiohead with the song structures and Cory ... read more
zack629
79
why did no one tell me about this until the end of the year?
andyintoronto
76
Noisy, propulsive, compelling
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Track List

  1. Scarecrow
  2. Xoxo
  3. Bubble
  4. High Planes Drifter
  5. Walkie Talkie
  6. Thin Air
  7. Hare
  8. Wonder
  9. Evening Star
  10. Tortoise
  11. Rio Grande
  12. Airplane
  13. Lucky's Sight
  14. Wonder (II)
  15. Jennifer's Gone
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Added on: February 5, 2019