Three years ago Apologies To The Queen Mary established Wolf Parade as major indie players. Since then, though, the core members’ various other projects and collaborations, including Handsome Furs, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, and Sunset Rubdown (especially), became the main focus. In fact, at times we wondered quietly and to ourselves if there ever would be another Wolf Parade album. Well, of course, there would be, we just had Sunset Rubdown hype on the brain — it’s here, and it’s very good. The Montreal band’s nine new songs arrive under the At Mount Zoomer moniker, which as we mentioned, is named after drummer Arlen Thompson’s studio Mount Zoomer, where it was recorded. Those devils.

Even folks without torrents have had some time to mull “Call It A Ritual.” It’s a solid, shadowy, at times Spoon-y rollick, but when you become familiar with some of the other songs, it’s maybe not the most likely first single (or whatever we call those things these days). Whatever the case, the collection feels more cohesive as a whole. It’s less about individual tracks or the Dan Vs. Spencer thing than Apologies. The earlier album felt like it alternated between the two vocalists in a sort of SD, SD, SD rhyme scheme. This time, we don’t find ourselves charting the shift between the songwriters, the increased teamwork creating a more meshed, powerful ebb and flow.

Standouts? There’s Dan-fronted opener “Soldier’s Grin” with its Boss-y swagger, airy breakdowns, and descending keyboard hooks. Actually, on Mount Zoomer, the Dan-fronted songs are the best of his career, and often steal the show: Listen to the last-minute build up and bursts of “Fine Young Cannibals” (and its swankier, clamped-down, post-punk shuffle) and “Language City” (and its “we’re not home” versus the insularity of “This Heart’s On Fire” … until you realize…). There’s a train-hopping, new-world-rush throughout “The Grey Estates” as well — a call to ignore new inventions and instead pay attention to the blood coursing through your veins.

Which is not at all to say the Spencer songs lag, just that Dan’s really come into his own as a writer. Krug’s “Bang Your Drum” and “California Dreamer,” which are both good, but not great (OK, the last section of “California Dreamer”’s great); it’s “An Animal In Your Care,” though, where he gets his Bowie on and tears the roof off the place: “I fell for you because you’re the one who cared,” “You will remember me most by my funeral,” etc. Yeah, he’s wielding the pen mightily. And in some ways, Wolf Parade brings out the best of Spence: We’ve already called him one of the better songwriters of this indie epoch, but where Sunset sees him unchecked in brilliant yet indulgent excess, his fellow Wolf Paraders contain his eccentricity in just the right ways, leading to a songs more pop in form, stamped with that Krugian singularity. So singular, in fact, we just coined “Krugian” in his name.

Of course, after all of our discussion of the album’s cohesion, we describe the songs separately, but the two truly come together on the 11-minute, Jonathan Carroll-referencing duet “Kissing the Beehive” (remember this was the original title for the album, before copyright issues arose). It’s a spiraling epic that might as well have a Greek (or French Canadian) chorus. The lyrics involve holy grails and lines like “you held your cup in the air and you called it a guitar” and shouts of “fire in the hole,” etc. The band’s growth and control is exemplified in the topsy-turvy rising/falling of the instrumental passages. And, when you think it’s over, there’s a brief pause and then a proggy reprise.

We haven’t been listening enough to tease out all the themes, but the first lines of the album (“In my head is a city at night…”) and its idea of running away form the city, cities crumbling, and rushing into a new world pick-up threads from Apologies and continue throughout (there are less ghosts this time). But it’s the idea of keeping a compass in your heart and escaping the pitfalls of numbness at the hands of the “Modern World.” We have to “tear down” “Language City,” ignore the incessant telephones and get to living, etc.

But whatever, we have plenty of time to figure all that out. In the meantime, charts and graphs put aside, we’re enjoying it for what it is: great rock ’n’ roll.

At Mount Zoomer is out 6/17 on Sub Pop.

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Comments (61)
  1. this album rules. not as immediately gratifying but solid through and through. not a bad track on it.

  2. adam  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2008 0

    i’ve been trying to get this on piratebay. is there another torrent site that has it?

    • DS  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

      You are a tool for asking this

      • dude…fuck you. why you care that he doesn’t have instant recall of every torrent site. you’re the tool for being so unnecessarily mean-spirited. you don’t have to be a dick to keep your “indie cred” intact

        • DS  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

          it was actually about him asking for advice on where to get a pirated release on a music news site. some things are just tactless

          • adam  |   Posted on May 6th, 2008 0

            wow, lars ulrich, i didn’t realize you scoured the pages of stereogum. sorry it took me so long to reply, i’ve been busy listening to wolf parade and death cab for cutie’s new albums. they are phenomenal, which is something i’m sure you’ll only find out the day they come out. the reason i asked for the torrent site on a music website is because the people who use torrent sites generally go to music websites. as far as people being tools go, i’m afraid that would be your role. you sit there and pretend like the music isn’t floating around the internet, judging anyone who chooses to download it. i know you think you are this great music fan who really GETS the struggle of the artist but you are just a jackass who likes to think you’re above everyone else.
            now, don’t you worry, i will be the first one at the record store the day the wolf parade album is out.

          • just because one supports an artist’s intentions to have an album be heard at its highest quality the day it comes out doesn’t mean you care less about the music itself; actually, i think that speaks for the contrary. there are still people out there who have the patience to wait until an album is properly released to listen to it. i, for one, don’t feel the same sense of satisfaction upon listening to a downloaded album unless the sound quality is top notch, which usually isn’t the case with leaked albums.

          • Jared  |   Posted on Jun 13th, 2008 0

            Jesus, can we all just shut up? Fantastic album, I stole it and I like it.

  3. This sounds pretty good so far. Better than any of the side-projects since the first (technically second?) Sunset Rubdown album.

  4. CR Rex  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2008 0

    They didn’t change the title due to copyright concerns. According to the US copyright office, you can’t copyright a title: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#wnp

    Whatever the title, the album is pretty good. Dan’s songs are definitely a little better than the Spencer songs but there isn’t a terrible song on the record.

  5. brody  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2008 0

    narrow stairs leaked
    just thought you should knoooow

    that wolf parade needs some time to grow on me
    it’s not as immediately grabbing to me as “apologies”

    • Spencer  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

      Narrow Stairs is kind of a disappointment. A lot of reviews so far have made a big deal about it being a rougher take with more raucous, but that is only the first two or three songs. The rest of the album is pretty quiet, piano-ey and nothing too far from the imagination of your expected Death Cab album.

      • brody  |   Posted on May 5th, 2008 0

        yeah, it is a bit of a disappointment
        considering the amount of hype i built around it
        long division and cath are great though

  6. Hmmmm  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2008 0

    Am I the only one disappointed??? I expected something grandiose, something to blow my f*cking mind out of my head! If anyone could push indie rock’n’ roll to its limits and test the boundaries – Wolf Parade are it. Instead we get a great, but not incredible, album. I dunno but it kinda blows… Though maybe not as much as Our Love to Admire blew.

  7. chucky bronson  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2008 0

    the album may not be as immediately accessible, but its pretty damn solid. i’m thoroughly impressed that these guys can still manage anything creative after releasing so many side projects since “apologies…”. i don’t think i’ll stop listening to “california dreamer” anytime soon. i am 87% aroused.

  8. im happy anytime i get to hear new spencer songs. i like the album. it’s better than the cover.

  9. fatso  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2008 0

    not surprised to hear dan’s songs are better than spencer’s. he’s the more interesting songwriter of the two, imo.

  10. Album of they year? No doubt.
    The Grey Estates is probably the only “weaker” song, but the rest is near
    perfect. Dan has never written better and Spencer always brings it.
    Kissing the Beehive is just incredible. A perfect close to a wonderful
    piece of music.

  11. owencafe  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

    the album is a letdown compared to Apologies… it lacks the towering/collapsing rush and emotional pull of that album. For my taste (everyone’s a critic), the production on Zoomer is just too clean for the band – perhaps Isaac Brock behind the sound desk are the fangs in the “Wolf”!
    Anyway with that said, “Animal in your Care” and “Kissing the Beehive” are awesome.

    (mad props to Handsome Furs!!)

  12. DH  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

    Can you imagine how incredibly difficult it must be to follow up an album as refreshing as Apologies to the Queen Mary? Think about that for a moment because clearly this band did. I listened to the bootlegs and they could have EASILY followed up with something similar but instead decided to grow, hoping that their true fans would be willing to go along with the ride.

    Radiohead did the same thing years and years ago after a little album called the Bends that made them famous and have continued to push their musical boundaries ever since.

    Do you really want Wolf Parade playing it safe and writing dance floor hits that rival Interpol and Bloc Party? Is that all you want from these guys? Are you trying to impress girls or do you want to get into music and potentially inspire yourself creatively? It sounds like, unfortunately, there are a lot of young kids out there that just want a quick, easy single with a bit of quirkiness that they can pawn off under the indie monaicker and dance in their underwear too…

    That’s like asking Martin Scorsese to do a Romantic comedy.

    Language City is a less poppy version of Modern World.
    The Grey Estates is a slightly less catchy version of Shine a light.
    Fine Young Cannibals is unlike anything they’ve ever done. It’s amazing.
    California Dreamer has to be heard at least 4 times before anybody can appreciate what’s happening there.
    Kissing the beehive is an opus.
    Bang a drum could have been an Eno/Bowie song from the 70s…
    ——– There really isn’t a bad song on this album, despite the lack of straight up pop and/or “oomph” that some people are claiming.

    At the very least, because the songs are so solid and because there’s not a bad song on the album this is at the very LEAST a high 7s out of 10 type of album, and a worthy follow-up that proves that these guys a force to be reckoned with the music industry.

  13. Kyle  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

    Gets better and better. More of the same great from one of the best.

  14. Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer

    1) Soldier?s Grin – MONSTER JAM
    2) Call It A Ritual – Jam
    3) Language City – Jam
    4) Bang Your Drum – Jam
    5) California Dreamer – Jam
    6) The Grey Estates – MONSTER JAM
    7) Fine Young Cannibals – MONSTER JAM
    8) An Animal In Your Care – MONSTER JAM
    9) Kissing The Beehive – Jam

    Jam To Crap Score: 17/27 – *62.9%*

    *Certified Crap Free*

    http://www.areyoucrappingme.com

  15. addressing the production value here, I disagree wholeheartedly. I think that apologies was ‘cleaner’ and that this is probably a lot closer to wolf parade’s true nature. going back and listening to apologies again, and pulling some of the (for lack of better term) “we were dead, modest mousey” production away from it that album would probably sound just like this one, mixwise.

    • I like At Mount Zoomer, but the production is easily its greatest fault imo. every instrument sounds like it was recorded individually and then pasted together. this is how most albums are recorded, i’m aware, but on Zoomer it doesn’t sound very cohesive, as if a band could actually have been playing the songs. the vocals are often too upfront and clean for my tastes (usually dan’s songs i think) and the drums sound COMPLETELY tame (see the bridge of “Fine Young Cannibals,” a part that deserves some epic cymbal crashes but instead receives a metronome-like snare beat).

      it’s still a great album, because the songs themselves are strong, but i just feel that most of them are misrepresented on the album due to the production. if you need convincing just look for a live version of “Soldier’s Grin” on youtube. its 10x better. i’m really pumped to see all these songs live.

  16. Andrew  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

    This album kicks ass… and for the record, there was back-to-back Dan on Apologies with “Same Ghost Every Night” and “Shine a Light”, followed by back-to-back Spence on “Sons and Daughters” and “I’ll Believe In Anything.” Just had to point that out.

  17. john  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

    this albums sucks so much ass, i can’t even get over it. spencer’s carnival-esque songs have started to become comical. california dreamer is one of theworst songs i’ve heard in recent memory. i loved apologies (you are a runner, moder world, and i’ll believe in anything are extremely powerful songs), but this album falls incredibly short. i only enjoy the first track of the album. after that, i could trash the rest. call it a ritual is maybe passable, i suppose.

  18. christian  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2008 0

    It’s really stupid that people are saying this is less “spencer-dan-spencer-dan” because it totally is. sub-pop’s write up on the record says it’s more even, but listen to the songs!!!!! most of them are either spencer songs or dan songs. you people are crazy. this album rules and i can’t wait till monday morning when SG’s dick explodes over the Narrow Stairs leak…

  19. Andrew Smith  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    Narrow stairs leaked and i didn’t know why is it leaked…i really didn’t know why im listening to this kind of music..this is such a disappointment….New Phaser 8560 Solid Ink technology from Xerox. Better Prints, lower printing costs & less Ink Cartridge Waste. http://www.concordsupplies.com/find.html?search=manufacturer&search=model&value=Xerox&value=Phaser+8560

  20. john  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    DH, to compare this band to radiohead is laughable. don’t get me wrong, i like wolf parade and sunset rubdown, but this new album just falls really flat. it’s kind of embarassing. but to compare them to radiohead (and THE BENDS, of all albums) is hilarious. two totally different bands with completely different musical inspirations and styles.

  21. Mrs. Featherbottom  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    “this album rules and i can’t wait till monday morning when SG’s dick explodes over the Narrow Stairs leak…”

    Could not have said this better.
    This blog blows. Fucking five year-olds shit.

  22. john  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    DH, to compare this band to radiohead is laughable. don’t get me wrong, i really like wolf parade (their first album) and sunset rubdown (i think their first album is probably the best of any of them), but this new album isn’t even passable. to compare this album to THE BENDS, of all albums, is hilarious. the bands are completely different with totally different musical inspirations and styles. the bends is like a dream-like state that just flloats along. this wolf parade album sounds like bad 70′s arena rock. almost sounds like a bad ELO knock-off.

  23. buns  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    they changed the title of the record because p4k ragged on it. lamers.

  24. jonny q  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    My favourite track on this album is Kissing the Beehive. The whole album is outstanding. It took me a few listens to truly appreciate the tracks. I already have my Wolf Parade concert tickets bought.

  25. DtotheE  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    DH, if anything, while away from their side project this is the band where they keep things safe within their rock ‘n roll boundaries, seriously i can tell you don’t listen to experimental or underground music much because this album, while pleasant, is incredibly accessible. and it’s outrageous how you claim that their aesthetically changing directions. to qoute you “Language City is a less poppy version of Modern World.The Grey Estates is a slightly less catchy version of Shine a light.” right. you’re obviously one of the “young kids” you so adamently are trying to call out because guess what the length of a song being 10 minutes isn’t pushing the boundaries of music kid. that said the album is just fine but not stellar or especially noteworthy.

  26. This is completely unrelated but they’re playing Spoon on The Simpsons right now.

  27. DH  |   Posted on May 4th, 2008 0

    DtotheE,

    I’m not about to get into a “what are you listening to debate” but my point is that there are elements of Sunset Rubdown and the Handsome furs in this album and as you, yourself just wrote, that’s where they’ve experimented more with structure, time signatures, etc… And don’t kid yourself… Wolf Parade are still far from the “normal” or “mainstream” This album definitely has proggish moments.

    John, you took the Radiohead comparison too literal. I would never compare the 2 musically. Instead, through out the Radiohead analogy because they released 4 progresive and somewhat experimental albums (which are all amazing but that’s not the point) after a succesful, borderline mainstream hit in the Bends and then returned with In Rainbows, which in my opinion is a nice amalgamation of all that they did on the other albums.

    Consider apologies, at least critically, as somewhat similar to the Bends. Again, I’m not comparing them musucally but rather critically. Critics liked Apologies, critics liked The Bends. Years later, and 4 albums of experimentation behind them, Radiohead have returned with almost an amalgamation of all the sounds they’ve experimented with between the Bends until now on the release In Rainbows. Again, I’m not comparing the music of At Mount Zoomer to In Rainbows but rather the fact that there’s been considerable growth between Apoloiges and At Mount Zoomer. Radiohead released 4 albums after the Bends before releasing In Rainbows. Dan and Spencer relleased 4 albums of their own between this one and I can hear the amalgamation of those “side-projects” on this album.

    You guys both took that example far too literally. I would NEVER compare the music of Radiohead to that of Wolf Parade… They were just the first band I could think of as far as musical growth and then coming full circle to return to what the do best.

    I realize now that my initial post assumed too much (I wrote it mostly out of anger from the other poster that said this album sucks) so I hope this helps explain where I’m coming from a little better.

  28. Josh  |   Posted on May 5th, 2008 0

    Narrow Stairs and At Mount Zoomer are both good. you all need to quit being so hard to impress.

  29. Spencer Krug  |   Posted on May 5th, 2008 0

    The only complaints I have about the record are that my songs on the record sound kind of indistinghishable from Sunset Rubdown songs. On Apologies, there was a marked difference. What can you do though, I write a lot of songs and I have a distinct style.

  30. discoSmit  |   Posted on May 5th, 2008 0

    I’d also say this album is WAY more of a disjointed SK vs. DB affair then Apologies. To me this album sounds like it has 4 Dan Boeckner Parade songs and 3 Sunset Rubdown songs(plus the Perfect Crime derivate: California Dreamer). They are then followed by the one collaboration, which to me sounds like its still half-way through fetal development. Every time I listen to Kissing the Beehive I keep hearing parts that sound like filler to be replaced later once they come up with better ideas.

    Overall, its still solid, but doesn’t have nearly the power of the anthems on Apologies and more then anything, to me is a sign that Spencer needs to go into rehab. Seriously. When I saw Sunset Rubdown play several months ago he looked like he was on the brink. And the lack of spirit in his songs and his inability to help layer Dan’s to take them to the next level like Apologies I think are signs he needs to detox and re-focus on his music.

    After I just listened to it on my headphones, it spilled onto “Disco Sheets” from the Wolf Parade EP. Even that raw, underproduced silly little song still has way more of an emotional impact for me. The endorphins started rushing to my brain, my hair starting standing up, I started dancing in my office chair, and said “now this is a f’in Wolf Parade song.” I just can see myself swaying arm in arm with a bunch of strangers howling lyrics into the sky to any of these new songs like the anthems on Apologies.

  31. wiscod  |   Posted on May 5th, 2008 0

    It definitely took me a few listens to get into this album, but once you realize that they didn’t set out to make another Apologies, the songs open up and reveal all their layers. I commend them for taking their music in whatever direction the wind took them and didn’t bow down to the pressures of topping their first record. Plus Kissing The Behive is one of the most epic songs I’ve ever heard.

  32. Jacob  |   Posted on May 6th, 2008 0

    There might not be anything as anthemic as on Apologies but maybe these guys don’t want to be Arcade Fire with big anthems every time out.

    That Fine Young Cannibals track reminds me of a grittier version of Spoon and I mean that in a cool way. Speaking of Spoon, they’re a great band that write catchy stuff but do they write huge anthems? I wouldn’t say so. What about the Constantines? Different type of sound all together but equally cool.

    What’s wrong with some gritty, wall of sound rock now and again? Wolf Parade seem to do it as good or better than most out there.

  33. Dusty  |   Posted on May 6th, 2008 0

    Wolf Parade had the blessing/curse of releasing an amazing debut album. You almost have to lower your expectations a little bit before you listen to At Mount Zoomer because you just aren’t going to have to same reaction to it. That being said, once you do listen to it without some unrealistic expectations you’ll discover it is a very good album. I’m digging “Call It a Ritual” and “Fine Young Cannibals”.

    Also, Narrow Stairs sounds like quality Death Cab to me but I’ve only listened to half of the tracks so far.

  34. jar  |   Posted on May 6th, 2008 0

    didnt like it first but now its my album of the year. but why is arlen (the drummer) so low in the mix? especially the snare.

  35. John  |   Posted on May 6th, 2008 0

    actually, it was a copyright issue as there’s a novel with the same name. thanks for coming out though, lamer.

  36. Sean Jean  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    Only listened through it a couple of times, but I can already tell you that California Dreamer freaking kills. Awesome song. The four that precede it don’t really grab my attention all that much, but they aren’t bad. I’ll give it a few more listens for sure.

  37. $tone  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 0

    This doesn’t sound like Wolf Parade, at all! This actually just sounds like another Sunset Rubdown record – which isn’t bad, but it’s nothing like what i was expecting. I’m more Handsome Furs than Sunset Rubdown, so if you aren’t as much of a fan of the “prog” side of these guys, you might not understand this album as much as ‘apologies’…

  38. NIck  |   Posted on May 9th, 2008 0

    all i know is that my girlfriend absolutely hates this album and cringes every time i put this in the cd player. so it must be good.

  39. nina  |   Posted on May 11th, 2008 0

    “It definitely took me a few listens to get into this album, but once you realize that they didn’t set out to make another Apologies, the songs open up and reveal all their layers.”

    agreed,
    and once you get into this album its as addictive as crack.
    its nice to see the growing and coming up with new sounds…..so we can all get hit over the head with fresh brilliance, not an Apologies clone.

  40. Marry me, Spencer? That would be awesome.

  41. Don  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    Question: Is the leaked version of this album mastered? Jar mentioned the drums being low in the mix… I second that. The production sounds muddy at times…

    Otherwise, love the record. Great stuff.

  42. shovelhat  |   Posted on May 23rd, 2008 0

    First reaction: are you kidding me? Second reaction: Dan’s songs at least rock. Third reaction: did he say “a new world is just a minute away?” Please, you with the lyrics. Fourth reaction: Ok, this works, I’m sold. And after listening to the album about ten more times I finally traded disks and listened to Apologies and found the discrepancies that caused my original pause. The two aren’t working well together, at least not as well as they first had on Apologies, and Zoomer pays for it with some lackluster moments in the songs (the song?s electrons, not the nucleus), especially parts of the Krug ones. But then it all comes together on Kissing the Beehive and Cal Dreamer. I applaud Dan, he’s vindicated for any past missteps. Krug is getting into the bad habit of asking his audience to suspend their rock beliefs just a camel?s hair too long. I?d rather he just pick up a guitar. I?m not p4k, but I?d hold it around 8.5. For a long time I couldn?t decide if Wolf Parade was better than Sunset Rubdown &/or Handsome Furs, but it?s more and more clear how much these guys really need each other. So take a victory lap fellas, very pleased!

  43. I’ve been playing the album over and over all through the day and it is truly amazing. To me it is a real gem, those that most people probably won’t appreciate just because it lacks having obvious singles. Thankfully most people reading stereogum are not of that kind, so focusing on the important aspect, I’ll have to agree that the album has so much to offer for those that will invest the time…Canada still rocks the world these days!

  44. Chris  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2008 0

    The leak from last month was apparently transcoded from a web stream. Here’s a CD quality rip with cymbals that actually sound like cymbals (and not hiss) and drums that actually sound like drums and guitars that can meet keyboards without sounding muddy.

    If you liked this album before, you might like it a bit more now. If you didn’t, then I guess we have different tastes…

  45. chris  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2008 0

    The leak from last month was apparently transcoded from a web stream. Here’s a CD quality rip with cymbals that actually sound like cymbals (and not hiss) and drums that actually sound like drums and guitars that can meet keyboards without sounding muddy.

    If you liked this album before, you might like it a bit more now. If you didn’t, then I guess we have different tastes…

    http://www.mediafire.com/?obktv2tjdwk

  46. seria  |   Posted on Jun 11th, 2008 0

    it’s an okay album. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. I would go with a solid 7.5 out of 10. If these boys could lay off the coke and the booze they’d be something pretty fucking amazing. but they won’t, so lacklustre and solid material is what we’ll get.

  47. vlad  |   Posted on Jun 12th, 2008 0

    I didn’t fully appreciate At Mount Zoomer until I went back and put on Apologies, which I hadn’t listened to in over a year. That album now sounds like the bare-bones collection of demos and EP tracks it always was, while Zoomer is an unabashed widescreen indie-rock tour de force. Who cares if Dan’s songs are better than Spencer’s? Fact is, we’ve got two of modern music’s most talented songwriters in the same band at the height of their creative powers. And At Mount Zoomer proves that.

  48. i thought this would grow on me eventually, but this fails. really fails. the lyrics are shallow, and the music just really isn’t that great. i gave this a completely fair amount of time and i’m not sure how those who like apologies could believe this compares favorably in any way. i actually liked it more the first few times through than i ended up liking it later. the lyrics are horrible, face it.

  49. This album, I think, is done a great disservice by the mastering they got done on it. Like everyone else has said, it’s not as quickly accessible as Queen Mary… Zoomer is a denser record, but it’s made even more difficult to get into by the sound quality. I got the LP + Digital Download, and both sound the same–overly-condensed and all Mids. All the intricacies are flattened, plus the overall volume level is way too low for a commercial release. I only bring it up because I haven’t read anything about it anywhere else…

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