Wolf Parade CD reviewed by Brett Horn

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Wolf Parade CD reviewed by Brett Horn
Sep 8, 2008, 04:23

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

WOLF PARADE At Mount Zoomer CD

Like their Montreal brethren The Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade traffics in jaunty, sophisticated pop. Their second outing for Sub Pop, At Mount Zoomer, isn't much of a departure from their first. A lot of critical praise has been thrown the way of this Montreal scene, but I don't get it. To me, listening to this disc is listening to NPR. Sure, it's smart, but it's not as smart as it thinks, and there's no emotional base, unless smug can be considered an emotion. The only song that comes close to cranking my yank is the 11-minute closer. It's still a little fey for my tastes, but the band starts to get slightly interesting when it adds some open space and a smidge of piss and vinegar to the synthesizer swirlies that dominate the rest of the disc. [Sub Pop]

-Brett Horn


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