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Thin Mind

Wolf Parade

Thin Mind

Fifth studio album from the Montreal-based indie rock outfit now operating as a trio after bassist Dante DeCaro left the band in 2019

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  1. 8.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    Whether or not the future is as dark and dire as Wolf Parade make it out to be, critically minded works like Thin Mind will stave off a total eclipse
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Thin Mind speaks to the concerns of an age fraught with ennui and commodification; much-needed social commentary scored with the understated, melodic, often allusive edge that is the outfit’s creative stamp
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  3. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    It’s a great album, no doubt. However, it doesn’t tempt me to call this an early candidate for the best rock album of 2020
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  4. 8.0 |   NOW

    While their famous friends in Arcade Fire have changed with the times, this band's sound is preserved in indie rock granite – but the cultural tide has flowed back in their direction
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  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Overall, Wolf Parade have carefully crafted another winning record. Maybe not one to win over new fans, but Thin Mind is a solid addition to a sparkling oeuvre
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  6. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    A record made with fresh ears and sharp minds
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    The Canadian indie rock veterans sound strong and vital as they fuse vintage synth pop tropes with a new sense of urgency
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  8. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s a really great addition to the band’s lineage – no matter which their other four excellent albums you find yourself comparing it to
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  9. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘Thin Mind’ may see Wolf Parade at their lyrically most oblique and questioning, but sonically it’s unexpectedly anthemic, heavy on the shimmering synths and electronic drums
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  10. 6.6 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s a fine record. It’s even modern. It just isn’t progress
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  11. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Some patience and repeated plays may be needed to digest all of the aesthetics offered on Thin Mind. But those that commit will eventually be rewarded by a unique band that are intent on making music on their own terms
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  12. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    Wolf Parade’s latest album plays like the big leap the band could have attempted last decade—without ever quite recapturing the odd, jittery intensity that made them so beguiling
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  13. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    At the expense of sounding more classically "Wolf Parade," the album suffices as a fun listen with some neat nostalgic nods, lopsidedness and all
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  14. 6.0 |   Q

    A little more thematic variation would be welcome. Print edition only

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