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Hilltops
Hartwick College's Student Newspaper

The View From Oyaron Hill

A Music Review: Victorious, Wolfmother

03.01.16

Tim Raimy


If you’ve been waiting for ‘80s rock music to come back wait no longer; it’s back and it came from Sydney, Australia!


Wolfmother came back with their fourth full album, Victorious. Nothing seems rushed or drawn out for longer than it needs to be; each song seems carefully constructed to be just the right amount of everything to be a comfortable listening experience for anybody who would like to give it a try.


The album has many nods to classic rock songs, such as the opening song, “The Love That You Give”. The album title song for the record, “Victorious” is an energizing- mood booster, definitely something to do work to. Toward the middle of the song it slows down and the lyrics ask you, “Don’t you ever get tired, and feel like giving up? Don’t you ever feel like you’ve had enough? Don’t you ever get tired of wondering what’s wrong or right? Don’t you ever get tired, and feel like giving up?” before jumping head first into heavy jam-worthy guitar and a drum beat to propel you though the rest of the song.


The next song, “Baroness” is a hopeful love song from a peasant to the Baroness that he zeals over from beyond the closed doors she lives behind. One of the prominent parts of the song, besides the beautiful lyrics, is the driving auxiliary percussion that carries it along.


Right after the album takes a break with a soothing acoustic ballad, “Pretty Peggy”. The narrator through this song is reaching out for “Peggy” expressing his love for her. Right after the album kicks back up with “City Lights”, a nod to ‘80’s classic rock and with on some of the most the most interesting lyrics of the album with the stanza, “No multi-talented dominions- Building mansions without doors- The neon of the lizard dancing on his technicolor glow.”


Following that is “The Simple Life” which brought back the cowbell and 80s arena rock drums. “Best of a Bad Situation” is a classic jammer with the traditional “Stomp-clap” beat, and the ‘80s organ that we all missed deep down inside; along with what I can only describe as Tasteful Tambourine. This song in particular inspires me to cruise down the highway with all the windows down on a beautiful day. The album finishes off with an empowering feeling from “Eye of the Beholder”.


The entire album is full of everything from 1980’s rock that you’ve missed and will be glad that it has returned; pick it up and cruise down the highway rocking out.