At Mount Zoomer - Wolf Parade
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  • Summary: The Montreal quartet recorded its sophomore album at Arcade Fire's church studio.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. At Mount Zoomer will give you those same goosebumps you felt when you heard the band’s debut.
  2. At Mount Zoomer is a tremendous success.
  3. Upping the studio gloss, turning the amps up--way up--and reining in their more twee impulses, the Montreal bloggers' heroes unleash their inner beast, growing by taking a page out of their colleagues' playbooks.
  4. 80
    At Mount Zoomer will get hipsters dancing around once again, but I think the respect and hype is most definitely due to Wolf Parade this time.
  5. 70
    It's an irresisitible, exhilarating mix that sounds like no band but Wolf Parade.
  6. With a tidy nine tracks, At Mount Zoomer seems like it would be trimmed of any unnecessary filler, but somewhere in the second half things begin to wilt with only shades of interesting ideas.
  7. If you have an itch you can never scratch for whoopingly hollered songs about radio waves being "like snow", then Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner's band will be like a welcome ice cube on a mosquito bite. If you don't, they will become the mosquito.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. JackC.
    Jan 18, 2009
    10
    This album is excellent. In fact, it is the most satisfying record I have heard in a while. Every song is awesome. Listen to this.
  2. WinB.
    Jun 17, 2008
    10
    Improves upon everything we all loved about Apologies to the Queen Mary. Pay no mind to the lackluster Pitchfork score, Amanda P. is out of Improves upon everything we all loved about Apologies to the Queen Mary. Pay no mind to the lackluster Pitchfork score, Amanda P. is out of touch and clearly didn't listen to the last 1/3 of the album enough to form a credible opinion. Best album of '08 thus far. Expand
  3. ColinG.
    Jun 25, 2008
    10
    One of, if not the best, album of the year. There are truly inspired hooks in each song and a real sense that this band put a lot of effort, One of, if not the best, album of the year. There are truly inspired hooks in each song and a real sense that this band put a lot of effort, songwriting and production, into this release. I have a particular soft spot for concept albums, as I think it shows a real greatness to write consistently good songs about related topics and throw them onto an album that actually works. This one works very well. It's amazing to me that they've found such a wonderful balance with their own instrumentation. The high piano lines and jangly guitars from their previous album stand here unobtrusive and completely relevant, often complimenting one another in a way that makes you not think about them too much, which is, in my opinion, the way it should be. My only issue with it is the Bowie conjuring on "An Animal in Your Care" (not that I dislike Bowie, but it's an obvious rip-off), but that is quickly overshadowed by the fabulous second-half of that song. A++! Expand
  4. JohnS
    Jun 17, 2008
    9
    I love every negative review of this album: "it's not as accessible as Apologies...", "it's too hard..." "why doesn't it sound I love every negative review of this album: "it's not as accessible as Apologies...", "it's too hard..." "why doesn't it sound like Apologies".. Stellar album, if you'd only take the time.... Expand
  5. MarcZ.
    Jun 26, 2008
    9
    They've developed their style a bit more on the second LP. I loved the second half of the first album, and At Mount Zoomer is full of They've developed their style a bit more on the second LP. I loved the second half of the first album, and At Mount Zoomer is full of songs that remind me of it. Expand
  6. BrianH
    Jun 19, 2008
    9
    It's just your average amazing Spencer Krug Album. I couldn't love Sunset Rubdown or Wolf Parade more so I am bias... but it's It's just your average amazing Spencer Krug Album. I couldn't love Sunset Rubdown or Wolf Parade more so I am bias... but it's really easy to pass this album on to virgin ears and get an extremely positive response. Buy anything and everything Dan and Spencer do and enjoy your life that much more! Expand
  7. JayK
    May 22, 2009
    5
    Zoomer has none of the power and intensity of Apologies to the Queen Mary. There are some nice tracks (Fine Young Cannibals), but I was Zoomer has none of the power and intensity of Apologies to the Queen Mary. There are some nice tracks (Fine Young Cannibals), but I was mostly disappointed. I don't know if its a product of the songwriting, the recording or the mixing, but it sounded flat to me. Expand

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