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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0017U09N0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Marshall on 27 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt that Wolf Paradee haver progressed rapidly from there first album, apologies to queen mary which sounded excellent but very similar too a modest mouse tribute band. Here they have found there own, unique sound which is still indie rock/alternative but has alot more depth, with tracks like kissing the beehive (one of the best tracks) over 10 mins long. The entire album has alot more substance to it,with the feel that they havnt just generated the tracks just to get into the 'indie pop' market like some bands do these days (think pigion detectives...)but have developed an entirely alternative but still an indie rock sound
It sounds slightly like if Led Zep met The Arcade Fire, with psychodelic rock but at the same time alternative beats; all i can say is that if you like alternative indie rock music them im in no doubt that you will think that Wolf Parade have a great deal of talent and that they deserve to be more recognised than they are.
If you like bands like Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Black Mountain, Rogue Wave then i would suggest you should give this album a listen as though its very different from the previous bands that are mentioned, its still got that unique indie sound
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chudpiper on 24 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is really great stuff, straight off the bat. The opening two tracks lock you in - familiar but fresh, rocking but thoughtful - this is real soundtrack to your life stuff. Like the Cars crossed with OK Go. California Dreamer is a classic. Deserve to be huge, which, of course, they won't be - they're too good for that.
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Look Deeper 17 Jun. 2008
By Kenyon J. Weidle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard At Mount Zoomer, I was a little disappointed. It didn't seem to have the instant POP of Wolf Parade's first album, Apologies To The Queen Mary. That album broke onto the scene with gritty, electronically tinged rock songs that contained enough pop sensibility to appease any ear. At Mount Zoomer sounded like they were trying to repeat that effort, but with less success.

And then I listened again. And again. And again.

It became apparent that the album is more complicated than that.

Language City is gem. It opens with an excellent guitar riff and then enters the drums, the piano, and once a furious rhythm is established familiar synth buzzes through the air. They then break it down into a transcendent, hope-filled finish echoing, "We are not at home."

Exactly, the band is somewhere else now. Wolf Parade seems more concerned with the timing and progression of their songs.

"California Dreamer" starts strange with hopping bass and synth like a hypnopompic hallucination. The song then jumps into a psychedelic jam and finally ends leaving little of that initial strangeness resolved.

This oddity is followed by the cheery "The Grey Estates" wiping away the cobwebs of "California Dreamer."

"Fine Young Cannibals" follows with brooding guitar parts. Again the flow established in the previous song is interrupted. The song evolves into another dreamlike jam and the result is superb.

I could go on but I think I made my point. There is a surreal character in the album created by the shifting moods. Wolf Parade seamlessly moves between otherworldly jams and hallucitory peaks and valleys. The result epic in scope, though not as immediately accessible as Apologies. However, Zoomer is a much more interesting listen. Fans of Apologies who give the album a close and scrutinizing listen will discover a new world here. And it's a fun and mesmerizing place.

I can't finish this review without noting that album ends fantastically with Kissing the Beehive Pt 1 and 2.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer 6/10 2 Aug. 2008
By Rudolph Klapper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wolf Parade's combustible, frantic first album, Apologies To The Queen Mary, was one of the most creative and undeniably fresh debuts by an indie rock band in 2005 or since, and their members' haven't been lacking for any new ideas; vocalists/guitarists Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug have been involved in countless side projects, with Wolf Parade only the most well known. It would be quite a task to match up to the unique indie-rock of Apologies, and Wolf Parade doesn't try. Instead, they set back the metronomes, tone down the yelps, and take to At Mount Zoomer like a wizened painter slowly fine-tuning his latest piece to work out every last kink.

The results are, predictably, mixed. Much of Apologies charm came from its "screw-the-torpedoes-full-speed-ahead" mentality and the way Wolf Parade's grab-bag of rock styles and influences combined to create a whole that always seemed like it was about to fall apart but somehow managed to stay strong to the end. At Mount Zoomer is slower and more calculated; Wolf Parade knows what they want to do, and, for the most part, they do it. "Soldier's Grin" is vintage Wolf Parade, rolling drums, hypnotic keyboards, and Boeckner and Krug's peculiar vocals framing their characteristically dense lyrics.

"Call It A Ritual" is even more tightly focused, built around a foreboding piano line and squalling guitar, but the song never really develops beyond its origins. The following "Language City" is the best song on the record, a tune about the pointlessness of talking just to talk that has a better beat than anything else on the album and a cathartic synth-based ending.

The songs tend to switch between shorter 3-minute pop experiments and 6-minute-plus musical expeditions. At Mount Zoomer thus has only nine tracks, but due to the often-bloated track lengths, Boeckner and Krug's idea well tends to run dry along the second half of the album. "Fine Young Cannibals" loses steam early and turns into an instrumental that is interesting only the first time one listens to it. Closer "Kissing The Beehive" is about as prog as Wolf Parade could ever reasonably be expected to go, and consists of about five minutes worth of excellent melodies and ideas and another six minutes of so-so noodling and half-brained ventures. It's a conscious attempt to sound epic, one that they can do just as easily with half the space.

Overall, the tracks on At Mount Zoomer tend to stand up individually on close inspection, but when the album is taken as a whole, its parts seem a little less distinctive. No song here grabs you immediately like Apologies opener "You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's Son" or the heartfelt honesty and catchiness of "Dear Sons And Daughters of Holy Ghosts." Apologies succeeded in never staying in the same place for too long; At Mount Zoomer succeeds in once again sounding unique, and Wolf Parade have once again defined a sound that is unequivocally theirs, but as a whole the songs tend to sound too similar too one another over the long haul to match up to Apologies' breakneck pace and innovative rapid-fire changes.
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love at third listen 4 Aug. 2008
By C. Mathews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Look, this is a different album than Apologies to the Queen Mary...one of my favorite albums ever. I can now admit that I was a little disappointed at first, after eagerly anticipating this release. Maybe I just wanted more of the same. I read that the band threw out some potential songs for just that reason. Now I appreciate this album like a second child- comparisons are a little unfair and I don't love it any less!

Standout tracks: Soldier's Grin, Grey Estates, Fine Young Cannibals!!
Higher peaks, thinner air 20 Sept. 2008
By Tom Birkenstock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sophomore slump? What's that?

Don't be fooled by the three year gap between Wolf Parade's first and second album, these guys are prolific. If I'm not mistaken (and I think I am), Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner play in ten or twelve other side bands each. This means that during those three years they have collectively written eight-hundred songs, so you'll excuse them if Wolf Parade's second album has only nine perfect songs instead of twelve.

Anyone who's followed Ryan Adam's career knows that being prolific is often more of a hindrance to an artist than a boon. Unlike Senior Adams, the principle members of Wolf Parade do not have to bear their band on a single pair of shoulders, and despite the high quality of the aforementioned side projects, there must be some kind of chemistry between the principle songwriters Krug and Boeckner that pushes both of them to the peak of their songwriting skills. Perhaps that's even why the album is called At Mount Zoomer (actually it's because that's where it was recorded).

At Mount Zoomer is one of the few sophomore albums in recent years that feels like a confident couple of steps in the right direction. After listening to both albums back to back I'm convinced that the band approaches their second album with a completely different mindset than their first. The guitar is no longer required to merely produce a series of chords, and instead the vocals, keyboards and guitar all form a cyclone of melodies.

Likewise, the songs are much looser in structure. Many of the songs make their way through so many sonic landscapes that by the time you reach the end of it is easy to forget about where you began. In particular "Language" city begins as a rhythm driven march but as it continues, and the song rises with the mantra "We are not at home," it feels more like a zephyr surrounded by swirling synths.

The inclusion of so many slower songs like "Call it a Ritual," "Bang Your Drum," and "Fine Young Cannibals" (a sizable sum on a nine song album) only draws attention to the band's chest-out confidence. The conversations between the rhythm and melody segments are so deep that none of these songs feel like filler, and so confident is the band that even at excess of six minutes "Fine Young Cannibals" holds one's interest for every intervening second.

I know what you're thinking. Now, I'm hardly an expert regarding bands from the eighties comprised of ex-members from The English Beat, but if The Fine Young Cannibals ever, with a nod to INXS, host a reality show contest in order to replace a band member, then I think the members of Wolf Parade would give that guy with the white afro from Hot Hot Heat a run for his money. In conclusion, yes, "Fine Young Cannibals" does sound like it has some eighties influence, with synthesized horns and all, but not like an actual Fine Young Cannibals song.

The real centerpiece of the album is the six-minute epic "California Dreamer." The propulsive drum and bass provides tension for every moment while the rest of the band ratchets up their performance. By the time the chorus of "I thought I heard you on the radio but the radio waves were like snow" kicks in, it's damn near impossible not to join in.

When I finally get to the point where At Mount Zoomer is no longer the choice du jour on my ipod, and it gets quietly shuffled back into the mix, it's comforting to know that there will be plenty of side projects to tide me over. Of course, even with all those side projects running around, I would prefer not to wait three more years for another Wolf Parade album. Remember Boeckner and Krug, power in numbers and all that.
An improvement 19 Aug. 2008
By Notthatsocial - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is indie pop with a hard edge and a progressive bent. I was only mildly interested in their first, Apologies to the Queen Mary and didn't even end up buying it, while I find this album probably one of the best this year. What changed? Evaluating their side projects, Plague Park kept me on edge from beginning to end, while Random Spirit Lover only had a couple songs that caught my attention. So undoubtedly, it's probably the case that this album is more influenced by Boeckner than Krug. If you saw Wolf Parade as Krug being "more equal" than Boeckner (kind of like how many view Jack White and Brendan Benson's relations in the Raconteurs), chances are you will find this album lacking. If you liked Plague Park more than ATTQM, chances are you will find this an improvement.

This is not to say Krug's songs on here are not highlights. The double whammy of the first two songs, "Soldier's Grin", and "Call It A Ritual" really got me to pay attention here. On second thought, it may not be Krug himself, but simply the further integration of Boeckner's guitar skill into Wolf Parade's music, adding further instrument diversity. Another thing that made it for me is the increased diversity in song structures; you've got your typical three minute pop songs that defined much of their first album, and then there's prog-indie epics like "Fine Young Cannibals" and "Kissing the Beehive".

Overall, this album expands the band's sound while continuing to maintain the strengths of their first.
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