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Laughing Matter


Laughing Matter

Fifth album of psychedelic garage rock from the LA-based quintet

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  1. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Their song-oriented approach recharacterizes a project that was once known for their simple, garage revivalism
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    With each release of Wand, the band seem to be pushing boundaries and developing their sound into something increasingly distinct and mature
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Mix up The Bends and OK Computer with a pinch of late Fugazi and Talk Talk. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Laughing Matter is once again a huge leap forward for Wand, who are on pace to become one of America's best unsung rock bands
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  5. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    As they pare away at their sound, Wand move further away from psych-rock and closer to true psychedelia
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  6. 7.0 |   All Music

    Laughing Matter continues Wand's headstrong push forward. It's the final nail in the coffin for their garage roots, but they sound rejuvenated and excited in their unbridled exploration of new sounds
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  7. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    At 15 tracks, and light on disposable 60-second interludes, you’ll need some stamina to get through it all, and while they could have chopped out at least five tracks, there are enough highlights to make Laughing Matter worth your time
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  8. 6.2 |   Earbuddy

    It’s an exciting exercise at times, but it doesn’t live up to their own high standards
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  9. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Melds the LA band's sonic fuzz with mellifluous recent LPs, sombre dispatches, ambient and wistful pop. Print edition only

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