In a way, Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner and company ask these questions throughout the whole LP, their first since going on hiatus back in 2011. On “Who Are Ya,” the Canadian band frets over their place in the rock canon: [LISTEN]
If the music sounded as lost or uncertain as the lyrics do at times, Cry Cry Cry might have been unlistenable. But thankfully, Krug and Boeckner’s various side projects (Moonface, Divine Fits, etc.) seem to have strengthened their chops. The assured vocals, spry rhythms and beguiling tunes counterbalance the angst of songs like “Valley Boy” and “You’re Dreaming.”
This serves as an answer to the first two questions of “King of Piss and Paper.” It provides justification for the last two as well. Wolf Parade can sing about themselves because they’re singing about people like Rebecca too. They can’t fix all that has gone wrong in the world, but they do their best on Cry Cry Cry to make it more bearable.