KARL WOLF - Nightlife

Most people know Montreal’s Karl Wolf for his ill-advised 2007 remake of the hit Toto song Africa. If you’ve heard it, you know Wolf’s sound: thin, auto-tuned tenor vocals sung over synths and heavily-produced dance-pop beats. Nightlife, Wolf’s third solo release, is tailor made for Saturday nights at the club. That would be fine, except it lacks soul. But I guess I shouldn’t expect anything else from someone who lives his life online and through his cell phone, as evidenced in the lyrics to a few songs: “You might think I’m over you / No girl! You’re the baddest / Even though I’m in love with you / I had to change my status” and “I messaged you / You ignored me / I wake up screaming.” If you’re hungry for the Wolf, see him live Monday, Nov. 30 at Canad-Inns Transcona. If not, steer clear.

Published in Volume 64, Number 13 of The Uniter (November 26, 2009)

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