The Wolfmen - 'Married To The Eiffel Tower' (Howl Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 18 July 2011 05:30

The_WolfmenFormed in 2005 by Marco Pirroni and Chris Constantinou (names will be familiar to fans of Adam Ant) The Wolfmen bolstered their ranks with Zelig Preston Heyman on percussion, who has previously worked with Massive Attack and Kate Bush. This summer sees them release their second album, the curiously named 'Married To The Eiffel Tower', after some glorious sessions recorded with The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor.

 

Already being critically acclaimed as the best written album of the year in some quarters and getting some high praise from people like Mark Lamarr, Jonathan Ross and Phil Jupitus The Wolfmen certainly have a lot to live up to.

 

I must admit as I lowered the laser onto the groove of track one, 'Cat Green Eyes', I was a little miffed to hear the use of a flute and had to check that I had been given the correct CD as the intro was a little Jethro Tull for my liking, but it soon gave way to a fuzzed up guitar courtesy of Pirroni as the track drifted on a cool summery sound and Chris Constantinou's deep, softly sung vocals reassured me that, thank the Lord, it wasn't the new opus from prog rock pioneers; quite some intro into the world of The Wolfmen.

 

'Mr Sunday' has a hint of Pirroni's former day job about it as a retro stomp gives way to a wailing chorus and you get the impression that these dudes have really taken their time over the songwriting and arranging and those sessions with a Dandy Warhol have paid off in spades. You also get a cameo role from Sinead O'Connor on 'Jackie, Is It My Birthday?' which drifts on a polished cloud of pop beauty. To balance out the pure pop of the previous song you get the sort of sub-psychobilly 50s groove of 'I'm Not A Young Man Anymore' with its hypnotic lead guitar work that gives way to some fine soloing on another very well crafted tune.

 

Not an album I might normally have turned to but on repeated play it definitely has a quality about it that draws you in and on occasion rocks out (all be it in a restrained way). With a seal of quality on the writing and production front it has an air of Bowie and some old school hipsters peering out from time to time. For me I'd say check out 'The Cowboys Dream' and the 'Walk On The Wild Side' inspired  'Coca Cola Kid'.

 

If you like dipping ones' toes in the rock 'n' roll pool frequented by the likes of The Dandy Warhols, especially on songs like 'Blushing God', then this is something that will definitely tickle your fancy. It's an album that will justify some of the hype being poured on The Wolfmen as they continue to reach out and grow, good luck to 'em as 'Married To The Eiffel Tower' has a wide appeal that's down to some professional production and, above all, good songs.

 

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