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  • Original Release Date: 30 April 2013
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Copyright: 2013 Jagjaguwar
  • Total Length: 44:19
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  • ASIN: B00HKVB32Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,401 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Rogan on 14 Jun 2013
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The weather changes quickly on the dales and moorland of North Yorkshire (I know I have walked them many times), where the band known as Wolf People set up to record their second album proper, "Fain". One minute the sun is shining then suddenly the breeze picks up and the skies darken; the rain coming on. As one dead rock star famously intoned "weather changes moods" (K.Cobain, 1991).

The theme of change echoes throughout the fruits of their labour and the content of "Fain" shows a band making further progress from their mightily impressive debut, "Steeple". Wolf People move stealthily into darker territory on these outings, the music tauter and more oppressive at times than even in the heaviest moments of its predecessor. This, on the whole, is a very good thing.

"Empty Vessels" opens the record (and I hope you buy it on vinyl with free download - natch) with a snatch of chiming circular picking guitars (think the endtro of `Wheels of Confusion' by Sabbath and you wont go far wrong) and an (almost) jaunty tempo before slipping into gear changes that those who have heard "Silbury Sands" for instance, will recognise as a trademark of the Wolf People method (with lyrical references to the timelessness of being). A feedback guitar solo with a double speed (?), Oldlfield-esque guitar pattern hovering behind picks us up and moves us along toward the denouement. It's a great start.

Next up is one of the strongest songs on the record and elevated to lead single, "All Returns".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S.R.J VINE VOICE on 29 April 2013
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Driving round all day with Wolf People blasting out is a nice way to spend a day. And, it's very good, not quite worth the 1,500 plus asking price someone is selling for it at the time of writing!, but nonetheless a triumph.

I saw these boys play at the Brudenell in Leeds last year, you sometimes just know when you see talent oozing off a stage, and by god they enveloped me in their fantastic retro soundscapes.

First thing to strike you about this album is how wordy they have become,perhaps with the exception of the second track, positively oozing with intelligent lyrics.

Wolf People are young (ish) but you would be forgiven for thinking you are listening to seasoned masters of their craft- they have the damned lot- musical ability, great songwriting, a sense of time and place, an indebtedness to their musical past ( way to many to mention but Fairports,bits of Tull, and a dash of early Fleetwood Mac).

This album feels just a little less wayward, but dont mistake that for constrained, they let rip oft , especially on " When The Fire.........", which comes to an abrupt stark ending, as if to say " ok enough now ! ". But its not enough I could listen to hours of their musical musings and tangential meanderings.

Its still very psychedelic but maybe a tiny bit more folky in a Pentangle kinda way; in much the same way that folk bands draw on old ballads or tales from folklore, so do Wolf People- in particular "Thief", telling the tales of highwaymen drawn from old ballads; and then we have decidedly heavy moments redolent of the early days of hard rock akin to Sabbath?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 29 April 2013
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All be them a good one, Wolf People are a traditional, folk-inflected rock band, right? Fain is going to be more of the same, yes? Just what then are they playing at on recent single "All Returns"? Sure, its rickety rhythm and stoner groove more than fit the bill, but there's a deconstructed heartbeat at play here too, a mutant strain of classic rock as re-envisaged by a modern-day beat-maker. The track then lurches via a distorted guitar solo straight into dense crunching fuzz, really flexing the band's sonic muscle for the first time and, you know what, it totally slays. You simply don't snag the calibre of Jace Lasek of Besnard Lakes for backing-vocal duty otherwise.

However, just as the solid Steeple LP was committed to posterity in rural Wales, so too does Fain have a more predictable taste for the outdoors, having been captured in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a vibe the band have been nailing ever since their conception and it's achieved through uncluttered simplicity. There's so much clean space between each instrument and Jack Sharp`s vocal that it renders the type of oppressive studio indulgence that, for example, killed last year's Rick Rubin-produced Howlin' Rain album even more laughable.

For the most part then, Wolf People do have a throwback template and they're going to stick to it. Things either start sleepily in vintage psyche or they stomp into life as per "When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate".
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