on 23 August 2010
I liked Apologies to Queen Mary and was keen to see what they come up with next. But the second album didn't live up to my expectations, it seemed that they put a bunch of unloved songs together just because they had to produce another album building on the success of the first. I even thought that the band may fall apart as band members were involved in other projects (e.g. Sunset Rubdown).
However, I could say that I'm quite pleased with Expo 86. The album is more catchy than the previous and got a bit more character, so looking forward to seeing them live in October. Bet the crowd will be more lively having listened to the album for a couple of months and hope the WP will come up with new versions rather than replicating the sound on the cd.
Now for the music. Some of the songs have a bit of an 80s tinge to them and some even remind me of Ladytron, Knife and Modest Mouse stuff. The lyrics also seem a bit easier to relate to, more dreamy and personal. But it's still in no way a cheesy or a copycat album. Not sure how to describe it as I'm not a proper reviewer, so I'd say if you liked ATQM, you won't be disappointed in Expo 86.
on 22 August 2010
I've loved both their previous albums for years, so when I heard a few months ago that a new Wolf Parade album was not far off, I got very excited. I ordered it as soon as possible after the release date, and for the first week of getting it, listened to it non-stop. I absolutely love it. I might even dare to say I think it's their finest yet. If you liked Apologies and At Mount Zoomer, you'll want to give this one a listen. Fantastic lyrics, melodies, and songs. As always.
on 28 September 2010
I saw these guys live a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say amazing!!! Songs like "What Did My Lover Say (It Always Had To Go This Way)" and "Cloud Shadow On The Mountain" were insane live and add to the bands already impressive live set. This album feels more well rounded and is a logical next step for Wolf Parade.
I thoroughly enjoy this album, it gets a certified "2 thumbs up" as far as i'm concerned. Rollercoaster ride of emotions....