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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Wolf's Law more of a whimper than a mighty roar

John Meagher

John Meagher

Wolf's Law

(Warner Bros)


The Welsh trio have wasted little time in following up their promising debut, The Big Roar. And Wolf's Law – named after an arcane medical theory – carries on from where that left off.

Cue more arena-filling choruses and big sentiments from the gloriously monikered frontwoman Ritzy Bryan.

The infectious, fuzzy pop of lead single This Ladder Is Yours belies its sombre inspiration – the messy, protracted divorce that Bryan's parents experienced.

Another catchy single, Cholla, foregrounds the singer's pretty but flinty vocals – think Shirley Manson and Garbage at their pomp. It's exceptional.

Had Wolf's Law continued in such a strong vein, the album would likely be considered one of 2013's best come year-end. But such lofty hopes can't be sustained and a pair of songs, Bats and Little Bump, don't grab your attention as well as they might.

Yet the band's grungy instincts are rarely far from the surface and, on the effervescent Maw Maw Song, they soar high. Expect the song to be a favourite on the festival circuit this summer.

KEY TRACKS Cholla; This Ladder is Yours

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