Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club review: Roonil Wazlib - "Putting Fluffy To Sleep" August 2007
Our next entry in the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club reviews is Roonil
Wazlib’s “Putting Fluffy to Sleep”, which was the August 2007 release.
I’ve discussed this EP before on this blog, but it’s been a while so we’ll approach this one with a fresh set of ears.
Wazlib’s first release “Muggle Knitting Patterns” in 2006 earned Molly Newman
an award from the Wizrocklopedia’s readers for Best New Band of the
year. The debut album was a bit uneven, filled mostly with goofy, jokey
tunes like “Ode to Lav Lav”, “My Mirror Is My Best Friend”, and “Rap
Master T”. There were a few absolute gems though, such as “Mollywobbles”
and “Twelve Grimmauld Place”, which would give fans a glimpse of what
Roonil Wazlib might sound like in the near future.
future started with “Putting Fluffy to Sleep”, and the very first song
“The Fog” which showed a vastly matured singing voice & songwriting
skills. Arpeggiated piano chords and soaring vocals paint a desolate
picture of what it would be like to be caught outside with dementors
approaching, just before they attack.
It’s the next song, “Green
Eyes”, that fully pulls the listener in to Roonil Wazlib’s grasp, and
never lets go. It is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest, if not
THE greatest, wizard rock songs ever.
I don’t say this lightly.
sheer emotion of this song, a love letter from Ginny to Harry, is
simply breathtaking and moving. I freely admit that I was on listen 135
or so before I was finally able to get through the song dry eyed. It’s a
near perfect song, wizard rock, muggle, whatever - it’s just beautiful.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to tell Molly how I felt about
that song in person; I told her I often had to put it on a shelf so I
didn’t wear it out. I’d go through periods where I forced myself NOT to
listen to it, because I didn’t want to listen to the song and not feel
it right in the gut when she got to the last chorus.
the Toad” helps to lighten the mood after the sheer heart wrenching
power of the previous song, with Molly singing over slightly jazzy
fingerpicked guitar chords while telling the listener from Neville’s POV
how cool his pet is in comparison to the other animals at Hogwarts.
uptempo “Bookworm” gives everyone a song from Hermione’s view about how
much her friendship with Harry & Ron means to her. Later on, a full
band version appeared on her “Timeturner” release, but this simple
acoustic version is a bright little piece that’ll get stuck in your ear.
Isn’t Getting Any…” is a slower song about Krum’s problem with women -
namely that they don’t actually see him, just his fame. The chorus
lyrics are written to be funny, but the delivery is actually the
complete opposite, and it really works well. The EP ends with the jaunty
title track about the Golden Trio in Book One, featuring some nice
glockenspiel work to help accent the acoustic guitar and vocals.
Fluffy To Sleep” serves as a great bridge in hindsight between Roonil
Wazlib’s two full length albums. There’s a lot more maturity all around
on the EP when it comes to the songwriting and performances, and that
went up another notch on “Timeturner”, Roonil Wazlib’s final album which
featured a number of full band songs and ended with two of the more
emotional songs in the wizard rock discography. This release struck a
real contrast over the previous month, and helped show fans the
diversity of wizard rock.
Coming up next: The Fleur Delacours “I Now Pronounce You Mrs. Bill Weasley”