• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2008
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic 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. All in all, At Mount Zoomer is a remarkable achievement, and another soon-to-be classic from Wolf Parade.
  3. Although "Queen Mary" was a strong showing, At Mount Zoomer--named for the band's recording space--is an instant classic, distancing itself from indie rock's skin-deep quirks on the way to something grander and more enduring.
  4. At Mount Zoomer is a tremendous success.
  5. Sure, you can kind of tell--except for the finale--they each sing four songs and their styles are unmistakable; however, they result in one tight, unified, startling beast of an album--it’s downright astonishing.
  6. Like debut "Apologies to the Queen Mary," the band’s sophomore LP is as shaggy and sharp as the its lupine muse: Fierce, but Wolf Parade is too cagey to sacrifice discipline for ferocity; they attack with tact.
  7. With At Mount Zoomer, Wolf Parade has quite easily surpassed the greatness that was their debut, and have very quietly made one of the better albums of 2008.
  8. The time between now and its 2005 Sub Pop debut, "Apologies to the Queen Mary," allowed the group to more fully develop its sound. At Mount Zoomer expands upon the bits-and-pieces pop approach of its debut into a solid set of rock songs.
  9. It’s breathtaking, it’s assured, it’s a perfect finale, it LIVES UP TO THE HYPE.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 80
    Arcade Fire never babbled about “horse-shaped fire/Draggin’ stereo wire.” These guys make it seem like an Olympic sport.
  13. Rather than stick to two sides of the coin, this new material satisfyingly splinters in myriad directions. [Summer 2008]
  14. Thankfully, At Mount Zoomer is a formidable collection of catchy indie art-rock that won’t disappoint fans of their acclaimed debut.
  15. At Mount Zoomer finds them making a giant leap forward, its surfeit of innovation defying easy categorisation. [Aug 2008, p.145]
  16. At Mount Zoomer is fractured and spastic, and at times, the band's ambition eclipses its strengths. Still, there's something about Wolf Parade's fragility that's profoundly relatable, and the sense that the entire operation could fall apart at any second--that we're all tottering on the brink of total dissolution--is as thrilling as it terrifying.
  17. While Zoomer is a perfectly decent collection of piano-riddled pomp and sprawling raucous songcraft, it suffers somewhat from the Indie Rock Slumpy Sophomore Syndrome. [20 June 2008, p.67]
  18. While Mount Zoomer is not likely to stand as Wolf Parade’s definitive statement, it does represent a bold step in a new direction and gives us a good idea as to where the band is headed: anywhere but the mainstream.
  19. It's largely indecipherable, totally animalistic and frequently breathtaking.
  20. 70
    It's an irresisitible, exhilarating mix that sounds like no band but Wolf Parade.
  21. There’s not much here that will surprise longtime fans of Krug and Boeckner’s work, although they have slowly turned the wheel and moved the Wolf Parade sound on from "Apologies to the Queen Mary."
  22. The two men’s reedy voices come across as more harried than heroic. And often the keyboard bits are linked into structures that are neat yet crowded; just when one riff grows familiar and hummable, an eager new one shows up to displace it. It’s invigorating during a song, but a little exhausting over the length of an album.
  23. 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.
  24. Regardless of the songwriter, the lyrics overlap from track to track, and no doubt there will be a few erudite folks campaigning to weave a singular poetic storyline for our edification. Whether this is by design, or simply the product of the fanciful imaginations of Wolf Parade fans, the casual listener is rewarded with a batch of songs that works best when taken from a beginning-middle-end perspective.
  25. At Mount Zoomer is interesting and focused, but safe.
  26. While At Mount Zoomer is occasionally faceless, at least it's a good faceless. There isn't a bad song here, just few great ones.
  27. 60
    Lyrically, there's little to cling onto, but it's not inconceivable a song like 'Soldier's Grin' could see them follow labelmates The Shins into indie ubiquity. [Sep 2008, p.115]
  28. 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.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Aug 28, 2012
    7
    7.5/10
    If you want to be overcome with a feeling of strangeness. This album may be for you. With high points in a few songs of the album, At
    7.5/10
    If you want to be overcome with a feeling of strangeness. This album may be for you. With high points in a few songs of the album, At Mount Zoomer provides great harmonies, hooks you never thought you would hear, however, it is covered up in the mud. At Mount Zoomer shoots a little bit above what Wolf Parade was ready for. I commend the band for the effort, and it shows through on tracks like the soldier's grin, language city, and an animal in your care. However the songs just don
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  2. Drew
    Aug 10, 2009
    9
    A bit of a grower. Not as immediately catching as Apologies but still an incredible record after a few listens. Can't wait for another A bit of a grower. Not as immediately catching as Apologies but still an incredible record after a few listens. Can't wait for another Wolf Parade record! Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »