June 17, 2010
In less than two weeks, Wolf Parade's long-awaited follow up to At Mount Zoomer will hit stands, and Stereogum's giving the assurance that it will be worth the wait. The new album, Expo 86, will come out June 29 and already a few of the tracks have made their way to the Internet, available on the Hype Machine and Stereogum.
The early review from Stereogum says it's good--it's not Apologies to the Queen Mary, the band's acclaimed debut--but it's a worthy follow up. They say the band is more focused here, that they sound more like an actual "band" than ever before.
Maybe that's true. I can't say the tracks have lived up to my own expectations, though. Two of them are more electronic than Apologies to the Queen Mary, with more of a dance party feel. And that's not quite the Wolf Parade sound I always went for. "Little Golden Age" is the best one, but it still seems to lack the power that the band's first album had. But a new sound takes getting used to, so maybe it will work. After all, you can never judge by the singles--who liked The Strokes' "Jukebox" when it first came out?
Either way, the band's worth keeping an eye on. Whether it's better than Apologies to the Queen Mary, it will be worth a listen.