Apologies To The Queen Mary

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. They’ve cleaned up their grungy guitar lines (thank you Sub Pop), reworked a few of the best songs from their early EPs, and the result is undoubtedly the best contender for the Arcade Fire/Broken Social Scene-helm of 2005.
  2. On paper this all could sound average, but Wolf Parade's true talent is transforming the everyday into the unprecedented.
  3. Each song is either a seismic death rattle or aftershock.
  4. The Modest Mouse influence is apparent but in no way detrimental to Wolf Parade's sound.
  5. Constantly winning and resurging, not a moment of Apologies to the Queen Mary is lost to the chaos.
  6. What really distinguishes Apologies to the Queen Mary from just another ambitious rock album though, is the dynamic and accessible songwriting -- and the voices that propel those songs from the streets to the stratosphere.
  7. Filter
    90
    If this record doesn't break in a major way, it will not only be a shock, it will be a damn shame. [#17, p.99]
  8. Once all the influences roll off your tongue, however, you’ll find yourself speechless before the excitement this album will invariably instigate.
  9. Wolf Parade is a great band, and while one will automatically think of Brock when they first hear You Are a Runner I Am My Father’s Son, (or any song featuring the first of the band’s two vocalists, Jason Krug,) many of the album’s strongest moments actually come when they more closely resemble other bands.
  10. Los Angeles Times
    88
    The music reinforces Wolf Parade's edge-of-desperation outlook by refusing to offer the comfort of conventional pop music's reassuring repetition. Even if some choruses recur during a song, the music behind them is never the same as the last time around. [23 Oct 2005]
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Apologies is the stuff fanzine dreams are made of, and if it is very, very good without being spectacular, well, that's okay. [30 Sep 2005, p.95]
  12. Wolf Parade do what they do better than anyone in recent memory.
  13. There's nothing of substance lacking in the least compelling moments of Queen Mary, and the mix of rousing wildness and reckless wisdom in its brightest points is at once inspiring, promising, and terrifically entertaining.
  14. From the first few seconds of the album, you're hooked.
  15. A fine, quirky entrance that hints at a band poised for bigger things down the road.
  16. Their sturdy, inventive debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, draws further, fresh blood from the indie rock stone.
  17. Alternative Press
    80
    All at once tragic, gorgeous and ugly in just the right ways. [Nov 2005, p.212]
  18. Apologies to the Queen Mary is almost an hour long, and there are certainly portions of it that aren't essential... but it's difficult to see where any fat could have been cut, as each track has its own fractured beauty.
  19. Paste Magazine
    80
    While Wolf Parade may be dark and spastic, its updates on indie formula... are undeniably impressive. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.140]
  20. Under The Radar
    80
    Canucks, you've outdone yourselves again. [#11, p.113]
  21. Magnet
    80
    By stepping around traditional rock instrumentation, the group is able to cover a lot of ground. [#69, p.112]
  22. They take their rough charm and run with it, continuing the giddy momentum they hinted at on [their self-titled] EP.
  23. Apologies To The Queen Mary is often unfocused, but it's plenty lovable.
  24. Uncut
    70
    Frequently appealing. [Nov 2005, p.103]
  25. Apologies To The Queen Mary can be a little messy and unwieldy, but Wolf Parade's willingness to overreach charges songs like "We Built Another World" with real meaning, and palpable hope.
  26. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    Sounds as if it were recorded on one perfectly wasted afternoon. [22 Oct 2005, p.43]
  27. Mojo
    70
    Engaging, inventive and emotionally charged. [Nov 2005, p.96]
  28. Q Magazine
    70
    One to watch. [Jan 2006, p.128]
  29. Apologies to the Queen Mary gets by more on energy than chops.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 99
  2. Negative: 3 out of 99
  1. Aug 16, 2015
    10
    Whatever happened to the excitement of music discovery? If true listening pleasure is to be reduced to a couple great records a year, it's aWhatever happened to the excitement of music discovery? If true listening pleasure is to be reduced to a couple great records a year, it's a damn good thing Apologies to the Queen Mary is one of them. 9.6/10 Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    8
    Took me a long time to delve into what Wolf Parade were all about. Apologies To The Queen Mary is an impressive debut. They make indie rockTook me a long time to delve into what Wolf Parade were all about. Apologies To The Queen Mary is an impressive debut. They make indie rock intricate and awesome again. No one track sound the same. First five tracks are brilliant, and the rest are great. All In All, dan Boeckner is a fantastic musician and a wonderful lyricist, and Wolf Parade are a great indie band, and so is this LP. B+ Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2011
    10
    Based on the quality and originality of the songwriting and the musci itself, Wolf Parade should be known by more people. Arcade Fire wereBased on the quality and originality of the songwriting and the musci itself, Wolf Parade should be known by more people. Arcade Fire were the first indie band I listened to, and so I will always love them, but Wolf Parade are not afraid to go beyond the norm. "Shine a Light" is possibly me favourite song on my mp3 player Full Review »