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Album Review: The Joy Formidable – Into the Blue

mxdwn.com
 2021-09-12

Cover picture for the article15 years is a long time to be in a band, and for Welsh alternative band The Joy Formidable, the group has worked hard to expand sonically while remaining true to their roots. Since their debut album, The Big Roar, in 2011, the group has tried to transcend the arena-rock sound—filled with epic guitar riffs and even more epic choruses—that put them on the map, but with varying degrees of success. For instance, their 2013 album Wolf’s Law doubled down on the formula they created in The Big Roar, which proved that their musicality was no joke. But with their last two releases—2016’s Hitch and 2018’s AAARTH, respectively—it seemed as though the band chose to stray from the path and incorporate new influences and techniques in their sound. This resulted in albums that did not give much in return—a textbook case of growing pains that never found an outlet to thrive.

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