What's the Time Mr Wolf? (album)

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What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?
Noisettes - What's the Time Mr. Wolf.jpg
Studio album by Noisettes
Released 5 February 2007 (UK)
Recorded 2005–2006 England, California
Genre Indie rock
Length 38:30
Label Vertigo, Mercury, Universal
Producer Noisettes, Clif Norrell, Dave Eve, Sam Williams
Noisettes chronology
What's the Time Mr. Wolf?
(2007)
Wild Young Hearts
(2009)Wild Young Hearts2009

What's the Time, Mr. Wolf? is the debut album by Noisettes. It was released on 5 February 2007 in the United Kingdom on Vertigo Records (supported by an extensive UK tour) and on 17 April 2007 in the United States on Universal Records. Five singles have been released from the album: "IWE", "Scratch Your Name", "Don't Give Up" and "Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit)" and their final single, "The Count of Monte Christo". The album was recorded over a period of two years, in various studios in Croydon, England and in Los Angeles and Sausalito, California. It peaked at #75 on the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Give Up" (Shingai Shoniwa, Dan Smith, Jamie Morrison) – 2:31
  2. "Scratch Your Name" (Shoniwa, Smith, Morrison) – 3:11
  3. "The Count of Monte Christo" (Shoniwa, Smith, Morrison) – 4:14
  4. "Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)" (Shoniwa, Smith, Morrison) – 2:56
  5. "Bridge to Canada" (Shoniwa, Smith, Morrison) – 3:25
  6. "IWE" (Shoniwa, Smith, Morrison) – 3:30
  7. "Nothing to Dread" (Shoniwa, Smith, Morrison) – 2:49
  8. "Mind the Gap" (Shoniwa, Smith) – 3:44
  9. "Cannot Even (Break Free)" (Shoniwa) – 4:08
  10. "Hierarchy" (Shoniwa, Smith) – 4:18
    • "Never Fall In Love Again" (Shoniwa, Smith, Morrison) – 3:27 [hidden track]
  11. "Speedhorn" – 4:39 [Japanese bonus track]
  12. "What Kind of Model" – 3:30 [Japanese bonus track]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Drowned In Sound 4/5 stars[2]
Gigwise 4/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (5.7/10)[5]
PopMatters (7/10)[6]

New Yorker called the album "a smart, relentlessly exuberant thirty-eight-minute demonstration of chutzpah and musicianship, despite the band's affinity with the fizzy amateur energy of punk."[7] Rolling Stone called the band on this album "three bad-news London kids who came to knock you out, take your money and blow your mind," and gave the album three-and-a-half stars.[8] Entertainment Weekly said that Shoniwa's "show-offy noodling derails the last few cuts, but when the Noisettes connect, they're a euphoric mix of Bow Wow Wow and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Drowned In Sound review
  3. ^ Gigwise review
  4. ^ The Guardian review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (16 April 2007), "THE SHONIWA SHOW". New Yorker. 83 (8):24
  8. ^ Sheffield, Rob (19 April 2007), "What's the Time Mr. Wolf?". Rolling Stone. (1024):63
  9. ^ Endelman, Michael (20 April 2007), "What's the Time Mr. Wolf?". Entertainment Weekly. (930):63