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Apologies to the Queen Mary

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This Montreal band has toured with the likes of Modest Mouse and The Arcade Fire, they played last year's All Tomorrow's Parties festival in California, self-released two limited edition EPs, and have a song (a cover of Frog Eyes' 'Claxxon's Lament') on The Believer magazine's recent covers comp. Time magazine picked "Apologies..." as one of "Canada's Most Anticipated Indie Albums Of The Year". Expect to see and hear much more from Wolf Parade. Sub Pop. 2005.

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On first listen, Wolf Parade is just another Canadian buzz band that plays fun, keyboard-heavy, new wave-y indie-rock and sings in weird, affected, high-pitched tones. Upon further listening, the songs reveal a lot of strange and fuzzy little details, and the lyrics have more depth than most bands do on their debuts. The Montreal-based group was brought to the Seattle-based Sub Pop label's attention by none other than Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, modern rock radio's king of affected vocalizings. Brock even recorded much of the album in Portland, OR. The vocalist has more than a passing affinity for David Bowie, and if you love the Arcade Fire and Frog Eyes, you probably are already a fan. Apologies is a very fun debut; the studied strangeness of the singing grates less over time, and it'll be really interesting to see what they come up with next. –Mike McGonigal

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Subpop
  • ASIN: B000AMJDJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2006
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Stop the madness! Wolf Parade vs. Arcade Fire vs. Modest Mouse vs. Tom Waits vs. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah vs. Wilco vs. Bloc Party vs. The Decemberist vs. M Ward vs. Franz Ferdinand vs. everything else you can imagine. Oh yeah, and Dan Bejar sounds like David Bowie, and George Bush is Einstein.

Wolf Parade is a fine album. Listen to it and decide for yourself; they sound like Clay Aiken eating a doughnut in France on a Wednesday in spring on a park bench next to an old lady with a blue hat who smells musty.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Louis on October 17, 2005
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An attempt to pigeonhole this remarkable LP from Wolf Parade will, as the previous reviews have shown us, prove to be a remarkably frustrating task. Their contemporaries and friends can be heard on almost every track, if one is listening for them. Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock participated in recording almost every track on the album, and Mouse fans everywhere will have no trouble seeing his stamp on the record.

The obvious comparisons to The Arcade Fire are getting a little old. Funeral was an amazing album, but using it as a measuring stick for any subsequent release that sounds even remotely similar is inane. Therefore, no future reference to TAF will be made here (Just go buy the album, you won't regret it).

2005 will have to go down as the year that the hyped albums lived up to the hype, and surprised us all. The new Broken Social Scene was amazing, and even Death Cab came out with a solid release. This is another of the hyped-up albums this year that really came through with flying colors.

"Apologies to the Queen Mary" is a title that relates last to fall, when WP was in California, touring the British war ship while it was moored there. Apparently one of the band members decided, while on the tour, to kick a hole in one of the dining room walls. Instead of deciding (as all upstanding members of society should) to turn a blind eye and let rock stars do whatever the hell they want, the captain of the ship had them kicked off and banned. Hilarious. Now...to the music.

Expect to find, in this album, all the conventions of the new wave of Canadian indie rock. Spastic vocals (done remarkably well by duo Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug), overworked danelelectrico guitars, great keyboard work, and at LEAST two fried powerbook processors.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2006
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I heard the first buzz from Wolf Parade (from another Subpop group) months before their album landed in the indie media's lap.

By the next time I'd heard of them, they were being hailed as the Next Great Thing, with their quirky, catchy pop music and off-kilter vocals. They are also massively hyped as the next big indie thing, after Arcade Fire and alongside Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Fortunately they are also enormous fun to listen to -- think the dancier little brother of Modest Mouse.

"Apologies to the Queen Mary" opens with a clamorous drum solo that sets up a "boom da boom" carnival sound. Then the oddball sound is completed when Spencer Krug starts warbling that you are a runner, and he is his father's son. I can't quite make out what he's saying except for those lines, but it's a wonderfully colorful song that gets grounded by some gritty guitar.

Having successfully hooked in the listener, they segue into transcendent guitar pop, bouncy indie rock that will have you tapping your foot, shimmery ballads, synthy dance melodies, and mournful rock song that slowly waltzes around in a flutter of electric organ. "Same Ghost Every Night" is the peak of this album, and that sound should be explored in future albums.

It ends with the upbeat-sounding, but sad-themed "This Heart's on Fire," where Dan Boeckner does his best imitation with Beck. It's a raw, painful song under all the catchiness, since it is apparently about the death of Boeckner's mother, and you can hear the sorrow in his voice as he sings.

No, it's not genius, and the media will seize another hot young band soon. But Wolf Parade may well be around without them, because they have enough weirdness and musical skill to stick in your mind after the album ends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mario I. Ona on February 25, 2006
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The Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock connection, the David Bowiesque vocals, the Arcade Fire friendship. Yep, all true, but the real story is the music on Wolf Parade's debut, Apologies to the Queen. The opening track, "You Are a Runner and I am My Father's Son" kicks off with hypnotic "boom... da-dum-da, boom... da-dum-da " percussion that plunges the listener into a circus-like bliss (unfortunately not repeated elsewhere). Then the creativity waters down a little before re-surging on track 5, "Fancy Claps." Appropriately titled for its deliciously placed clap-along at the end, this is the fastest song on the album and the only one to dip its toes in punk. But the real, real story is the dueling sing-off between the alternating writers/lead vocalists/frontmen: Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner. Up until the early underground favorite, "Shine a Light" (track 7-written and sung by Boeckner), the better and more exciting vocalist, Krug, is the victor. But from "Shine a Light" on, it's the more insightful and passionate Boeckner who rallies. On the final track, "This Heart's on Fire," sounding a tad like Beck, Boeckner wails with transparent pain about his mother's passing, but tries to cheer himself up by repeating "It's getting better all the time" over and over. Since both leading men seem to draw on vastly different experiences, they essentially produced two intertwined albums in one. If the Krug/Boeckner collaboration can live with that and not allow their egos to strangle their music's pathos, fans can probably expect an exquisite follow-up.
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