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Try Before You Buy: Wolf Parade, At Mount Zoomer

It's a big day for music — and yes, I'll be talking Coldplay and What to Download later on! But for the moment, if you're looking for some new music but aren't ready to commit to a purchase,The Listening Party on AOL's Spinner is even better than normal right now, with several of the week's most anticipated releases streaming in full.

Wolf Parade's At Mount Zoomer kicks off the party, and it's an interesting and eclectic listen. When I heard the band play live a few months back, a lot of the new material had a jam-band flavor to it, so I'm not surprised to hear a little of that carry over to At Mount Zoomer. But there's also some prog rock and a little neo-Springsteen, of all things. So far, I haven't heard anything quite as energetic or driving as "I'll Believe in Anything" from the band's Apologies to the Queen Mary, but the album is a satisfying listen, and I expect I'll be playing it a few more times today.

New albums from Tilly and the Wall, Katy Parry, and Adele are also in the Listening Party this week, so I hope those will tide you over till this afternoon!

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Advah Advah 8 years
Aaah I cough got cough the album a month ago, couldn't wait to read your thoughts on it! I'm a HUGE Wolf Parade fan, and Apologies is one of the best albums I've heard. I'm super disappointed by that one though. I guess the second album is always the most difficult (think Arcade Fire for instance), but this one sounds more like an indie Sunset Rubdown than Wolf Parade to me. And I like Sunset Rubdown a lot, but as my friend said Spencer got his other band to experiment with crap stuff so that he can keep the good things for Wolf Parade! Apart from Language City I didn't really notice any song, and the whole thing is a bit too over produced to me - they lost the 'hoarse' quality of the first album that made them sound so different to me. Actually, even Dan's voice sounds more Spencer's than himself in songs like Shine a Light (my personal favourite).
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