ALBUM REVIEW: “Old World Romance” by Sea Wolf

September 11. 2012 | By Jennifer Shields

Sea Wolf
Old World Romance
[Dangerbird]

Sea Wolf’s special knack for emotional and mental image manipulation is a testament to the heart that their tracks have always been created with.

Old World Romance is a continuation of this testament. While touching on memorable moments of Sea Wolf albums past, the project moves forward with a new, previously untapped atmosphere. The album’s first single “Old Friend” is reminiscent of “The Cold, The Dark, and The Silence,” “Changing Seasons” reminds us of “Where The Wind Blows,” and “Blue Stockings” takes us back to the title track on Leaves In The River. We love these nods to Sea Wolf past because we’ve heard these albums innumerable times and still can’t get enough of them.

At the same time, there is a taste of a happier, more hopeful flavor, which is Sea Wolf anew. Characteristic, exquisite hooks are weaved into warmer tones. Some tracks even compel us to run directly to our significant other for an embrace to rival all embraces everywhere with lyrics like, “You came from nowhere, my own miracle cure” and “If I could surround you with beautiful sounds, I will, I will, I will!”

Wow, we just love how deeply Sea Wolf can capture our raw emotions and make them beautiful. They have really done us right by this album. It’s everything we want from Sea Wolf and so much of what Sea Wolf knew we wanted, even if we didn’t know it ourselves yet.

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