Wolf Parade by Shane Ward
I'm in Landspeed Records massively excited about today, the release day of new Wolf Parade. I can't find 'At Mount Zoomer' on the shelf so i go ask the kind of pudgy, High Fidelity want-a-be guy sitting behind the desk.
Hey.' I say.
'Yeah?' He grunts back.
'Do you have At Mount Zoomer by Wolf Parade in?' I tentatively ask him.
'Yeah, it's here. [hands me the CD]. Do you like Spencer Krug?'
'Uh, you could say that.'
'Cool, one sec.'
[He reaches for a phone, dials a number and starts talking to someone]
'Oh hey man. There's a hot chick here who thinks she's in love with you.... [pause]. Yeah, I'll put her on.'
[Rob Gordon-try-hard passes me the phone]
'Hello?' I ask shyly.
'Oh hey, i'm Spencer Krug.'
'Oh, wow. I really love your stuff. Don't you live in Canada?'
'No honey, i live in Braidwood. I'm coming in to Canberra this afternoon. Would you like to go for coffee?'
We go for coffee and i spend the whole time explaining how much better a song writer he is than Dan Boeckner and how At Mount Zoomer is fundamentally flawed by the fact he let Dan write some songs. Spencer then asks me to play cello for Sunset Rubdown (?) and my Jens Lekman fantasy of having twins and playing for his band is lived out with brilliant Spencer.
Anyway, for me, this album is good, but it certainly isn't the genius i was hoping for. I think this massive media machine got it right. The album is fractured and spastic, and it feels like two very different song writers have separately written a bunch of tunes and stuck them under the banner of 'Wolf Parade'.
Spencer Krug's songs are far superior, and that's not just my bias talking. His songs are darker, more complicated, and his vocals are as twisted and as stunning as ever. Dan Boeckner, however, has provided us with some etchy pop songs with catchy guitar riffs. I'm especially fond of the guitar on 'Fine Young Cannibals'. There are merits to both styles of song writing, i just happen to be of the opinion that Spencer Krug shits all over Dan Boeckner on this album of singles.
This is my favourite Krug track from the album (i think it's also the standout track ),
And the only song they wrote together is pretty special too (though no Sunset Rubdown epic),
What do you all think of the album?
I'm giving it a 7.5/10.