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Posted by: Dave on June 27, 2008 at 8:25 am

WolfParadeMountZoomerSound: Arty and progressive indie rock with strong musical hooks – whether it be choppy guitar riffs, nimble guitar flourishes, pounding piano chords, driving organ pulses, cheap-sounding keyboard flutters, danceable drum beats and more. The ragged, yelping vocals aren’t as crisp and defined as the instrumental accompaniments, but they do have a strong sense of melody and are more refined than they were on their debut album, Apologies to the Queen Mary.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Fine Young Cannibals”; “Soldier’s Grin”; “California Dreamer”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Call It a Ritual”; “Kissing the Beehive”; “The Grey Estates”
Recommended: Wolf Parade has cleaned up much of the intentionally lo-fi production from their first album and come back more focused. Their top-notch songwriting shines through, and they spread out and explore more epic and anthemic arrangements. At Mount Zoomer may not have too many obvious, memorable choruses (there were a few more last time), but as you’re listening, the music is fully consuming. Far more consistent than Apologies to the Queen Mary, At Mount Zoomer is a big improvement on their promising but overhyped debut.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2008 Candidate)

Listen to tracks/Buy music:
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