Apologies To The Queen Mary
I posted on the new Wolf Parade album a while back so after letting that sink in I thought I’d post some tracks from their first album, Apologies To The Queen Mary. I do love the Queen Mary album, although I have to say I am partial to the new one, At Mount Zoomer. I ran into the guys from Better Propaganda last weekend and we got to talking about bands we’re currently listening to. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t convince them that Mt. Zoomer was a better record than Apologies. They actually seemed indignant at the mere suggestion that this new one could be better. I then ran that same crazy idea by another friend who knows a lot about music and got the same response. So apparently I’m crazy, but I feel like Zoomer has a decidedly darker tone, it sounds like the product of a maturing band finding their way out of the somewhat crowded category that I felt Apologies placed them squarely in. Apologies is a brighter, more energetic album to be certain, but I guess I’m not really looking for bright or energetic from this band.
At any rate, they are both classic albums in my book with a razor thin margin separating the two in regards to their relative quality. The beauty of the set is that they make such good companions to each other; play them back to back and you have a very fulfilling listening session.
Wolf Parade – Grounds For Divorce[audio:divorce.mp3]
Shine A Light[audio:light.mp3]
6 Comments Leave A Comment
milou says:August 3, 2008 at 1:20 pm
Bojan says:August 3, 2008 at 1:21 pm
I prefer the debut as well, but both albums are great. Kissing the Beehive must be one of my favorite tracks of the year thus far.
Jay says:August 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm
I really like your Madrone poster. Could you tell me who the model is?
marshall says:August 4, 2008 at 6:35 am
i like both albums… i agree that mt. zoomer is more mature but i kinda feel like they lost a bit of the attitude and looseness that i enjoyed in apologies. still a great band, lots of fun.
Jens says:August 5, 2008 at 11:26 am
I don’t have a favourite, I like both the Wolf Parade albums, The last one is just different in a good way, It’s useless to repeat something you done before.
Dan’s work with his wife, together the “Handesome Furs” is also great.
Simmy says:August 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm
I would almost go as far as to say that “Apologies” is one of the greatest indie rock albums ever made. Mt. Zoomer feels scattered to me—sometimes it sounds like Sunset Rubdown, other times like Handsome Furs, but not often like WOLF PARADE. It’s enjoyable, but “Apologies” is a masterpiece.