Thin Mind

Wolf Parade - Thin Mind
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #52 / 85
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2020 Ratings: #116
January 24, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

In reverting to the original gang of three, Wolf Parade have symbolically and sonically returned to a template that feels as organic as it did with their debut, fifteen years ago.

85
Northern Transmissions

Whether or not the future is as dark and dire as Wolf Parade make it out to be, critically minded works like Thin Mind will stave off a total eclipse.

80
The Skinny

Overall, Wolf Parade have carefully crafted another winning record. Maybe not one to win over new fans, but Thin Mind is a solid addition to a sparkling oeuvre.

80
AllMusic

Thin Mind is Wolf Parade in their classic form, but with a force and a sense of purpose that makes them sound fresh and vital.

80
Spill Magazine

Thin Mind takes things instrumentally, lyrically, and vocally down the rabbit hole and has come back to the surface with a more bona fide and infectious sound.

80
NOW Magazine

If Cry Cry Cry had the feel of a band shaking off the cobwebs and getting used to each other’s company once again, Thin Mind leaves no doubt about Wolf Parade’s continued vitality.

75
Spectrum Culture

It’s a really great addition to the band’s lineage – no matter which their other four excellent albums you find yourself comparing it to.

70
Loud and Quiet

For the most part, it’s an expansive and vigorous listen.

66
Paste

Think of the record as comfort food for Wolf Parade fans, or as an introduction to the band for the uninitiated, and the unadorned craftsmanship grows palatable. It’s a fine record. It’s even modern. It just isn’t progress.

65
Pitchfork

Wolf Parade’s latest album plays like the big leap the band could have attempted last decade—without ever quite recapturing the odd, jittery intensity that made them so beguiling.

65
Under The Radar

Some patience and repeated plays may be needed to digest all of the aesthetics offered on Thin Mind. But those that commit will eventually be rewarded by a unique band that are intent on making music on their own terms.

60
Exclaim!

At the expense of sounding more classically "Wolf Parade," the album suffices as a fun listen with some neat nostalgic nods, lopsidedness and all.

60
No Ripcord

Like weddings, there might be some speechifying and predictability, but the dancing's still fun.

Plats
73
While it can get a little drab in spots and it feels like it goes on for longer than it should, "Thin Mind" is still a fairly enjoyable indie rock album with some solid production and writing throughout.

Fav Tracks: The Static Age, Out of Control, As Kind as You Can, Forest Green, Wandering Son

Least Fav Track: Fall Into the Future

Score:
7.3
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snowman
62
I did not particularly enjoy this thing. I'll start by saying it just felt so numb and lifeless. Around the halfway mark, I was really bored and just wanted to skip to the next song. The instrumentation isn't bad, just super basic. And the vocals (which are probably the #1 cause of my boredom) doesn't do this record any favors. Everything that was attempted here has been perfected in one way or another before. Out Of Control was a great song, I'll give credit where credit is due.
dearsongs
81
Well this is really growing on me over the past few days. I've recently been listening to Queen Mary a lot, so I was ripe for this new one. Really enjoy the A-side, and there are no duds on this thing. Good old fun indie-rock grooves. Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner bring it. Very enjoyable, feeling like I should go see them in February when they come out my way.
Aoaystheory
81
BAND OF THE WEEK: Album Review #5
*late post

Just when it looked as though Wolf Parade was losing their edge, they release the best record they've put out in over 10 years. Initially I got excited upon hearing the singles as they were finally a return to form for the band. The first single they dropped for the record, Against the Day, was the first song to feature both Krug and Boecker on the same track together since Kissing the Beehive in 2008 and things only went up from there.

This record ... read more
chunderz
78
I realise that this may be jumping the gun a bit, but is this the year that indie bands of the early to mid-2000's come roaring back into relevance? First, we had a welcome return to form in of Montreal's 'UR FUN' and now we have Spencer Krug's outfit Wolf Parade offering us 'Thin Mind'.

Outside of 'Apologies to the Queen Mary' and 'At Mount Zoomer,' Wolf Parade has not put out anything noteworthy for the better part of a decade. I have always had a soft spot for the band and Krug's ventures ... read more
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Added on: November 11, 2019