I'll admit, possibly to the chagrin of many, that I'm a fan of Wig Wam, those glam rockers from Norway. The band rose in the early 2000's riding on the cusp of the new wave of sleaze/glam rock and metal from Scandinavia. I still consider 2006's Wigwamania their seminal and best album, possibly only surpassed by the live version from Tokyo.
Wig Wam arrives with the fourth studio album, Wall Street, and the band has lost neither its musical chops or infectious glam charm. Essentially, the album continues the craftsmanship and diversity found in 2010's Non Stop Rock n Roll, a very good album. If any thing, Wig Wam can write very clever and catchy hard rock songs, and they're fine musicians to boot. Generally, the best way to describe both band and songs is over-the-top, or as the aptly titled song suggests, Bigger is Better.
The best rockers come early with Wall Street, OMG!, The Bigger the Better, and Bleeding Daylight. The latter Try My Body On rocks, but the chorus is some of WW's most cliche goofiness. The softer Natural High's slippery sweetness is almost inconsistent with the rest of the album. Wrong Can Feel So Right is better, following the similar motif. Two ballads rise here: Victory Is Sweet and Tides Will Turn, with both being signature Wig Wam. Guitarist Teeny (Trond Holter) gets his instrumental in at the end with Things Money Can't Buy, the perfect antithesis to the title cut.
With Wall Street, Wig Wam, as nearly expected, keeps pace with their winning ways. This is an album of classy melodic hard rock from a talented band. Quite recommended.
With Wall Street, Wig Wam, as nearly expected, keeps pace with their winning ways. This is an album of classy melodic hard rock from a talented band.
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