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Recorded in the Montreal church owned by the Arcade Fire in a series of long improvisations then cut down to size, Canada’s Wolf Parade deepen their commitment to tight-guitar-synth-pop-grooves and expansive glam-era progressive improvisations. The 11 minutes of “Kissing the Beehive” begins conventionally enough before sprawling out as the album’s obvious closer, while the six minutes of “California Dreamer” tightens the reins ever so slightly, bouncing in exultant glee with shattering guitar chords and elliptical keyboard figures until the chaos settles into songform. There’s a carnivalesque, Brit pop bounce that sends the band on its way, suggesting what the Fratellis might sound like if they weren’t so darned Scottish. “The Grey Estates” and “Soldier’s Grin” pump excitedly with an exaggerated sense of personal fulfillment, a luminous overconfidence that swaggers past to hide their nervous tics. “Fine Young Cannibals” does not in any way recall the band of the same name, but emits from the blurry David Bowie era of Diamond Dogs with its glam pedigree nicely updated. 

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I've been a fan of Spencer Krug for a couple years, and I must say this album does not dissapoint. If you like this, check out: Wolf Parade- Apologies to the Queen Mary Sunset Rubdown- Random Spirit Lover Swan Lake- Beast Moans anything at all by Frog Eyes


Incredible. The reason I give it four starts though is because Spencer's contributions to the album are so Sunset Rubdown and Dan's are so Handsome Furs. They don't collaborate as well as they do on Apologies, so it's almost like a split album of the two bands and not the great Wolf Parade. However, the songs that are on the album are still amazing.

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Wolf Parade, five men from Canada, have released another bombshell of distorted sounds on the universe. At Mount Zoomer is their long-awaited sophomore effort, one that I have been anticipating since their spectacular debut. The fact of the matter is, Spencer Krug has nothing to prove. He has shown that his talent is that of an evil genius, creating musical concoctions in the heavenly armpit of Canada. Dan Boeckner is just as vital to the group, if not more so on this record. On their own, it has been demonstrated that they both succeed with grace. But as a collaborating songwriters, Krug and Boeckner are an unstoppable force in the independent music community. Their second studio effort is bewildering from the beginning because it maintains the infectiousness of Apologies to the Queen Mary yet distances itself from that previous sound. The lustful intention of the synthesizer plays well into the combatant strum of the guitars. The drum beat ties in perfectly with all the mayhem that erupts through the corresponding instruments. "Soldier's Grin" launches the team into signature propulsion in preparation for an explosive first half. "Call it a Ritual" starts out with the chime of a piano and the swift movements of a drummer until it unexplainably disintegrates into noisy cacophony. The artwork breaks out of its nonsensical chain of imagery when exposed to the colorful flow and vibrating patterns of the exquisite music inside the package. "California Dreamer" manages to destroy everything in its path with a melodically thrashing chorus and "Fine Young Cannibals" is an untamed beast that ventures into '80s territory. What makes At Mount Zoomer up to par with its predecessor is its conclusion, the last two tracks are the best and rightfully so. With not one fault thus far, one might expect the resolution to be a disappointment. I think not. Not only do "An Animal in Your Care" and "Kissing the Behive" exceed the listener's expectations but they demolish every single track the audience has endured thus far. "Kissing the Behive" being the greatest thing both Boeckner and Krug have ever done, together or alone. That one last vision will be in my mind for longer than I can foresee. Wolf Parade have left their stain on this year, with devilishly sly lyrics and gorgeous instrumentation. A stain that certain critics have tried to expunge. Well, I say let it rest where it lies and watch as it develops more layers with age. Let us watch, shall we?


Formed: March, 2003 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The indie rock combo Wolf Parade formed in 2003 in Montreal, where the band's first show saw them opening for Arcade Fire. From there, bandmates Dan Boeckner, Spencer Krug, Hadji Bakara, and Arlen Thompson recorded and self-released a four-song EP, followed by a six-song recording in 2004. They eventually gained the attention of songwriter Isaac Brock, who doubled as the frontman of Modest Mouse and an A&R rep for Sub Pop Records. Brock helped the band secure a deal with Sub Pop while serving as...
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