We’ve been reading Big Takeover since the 8th grade, and still respect it as one of the only music magazines around that matter. Jack Rabid himself penned the following words about A Wolf… for the Spring issue.
A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes
“If you want reviews in Big Takeover, your chances improve mentioning The Chameleons in your bio. First you have to know who they were; and those that value them tend to make artistic, pretty music. Even if his promo’s Scott Walker reference is more helpful to unlock dapper DeRosa’s locker (like 1969’s Scott 3 and 4), with a spin of a Divine Comedy, Amanda Brown-era Go-Betweens, or 1984 Julian Cope combination,
this holds true for A Wolf. I.e., it’s unlike the singer/songwriter’s significant catalog with darkwave stalwarts Dead Leaves Rising and atmospheric guitar dronesters Aarktica. Light, fluffy strings are constant highlights, as are chamber pop, piano-lit quiet spaces, ’40s moody lounge ambiance, and DeRosa’s romantic crooning. An orchestral pop nod to Eric Matthews’s trumpet fanfares on the opening “Birds of Brooklyn” is also salutary. Sit, relax, nip a highball, and… listen.