Move over, Arcade Fire: Wolf Parade is ready to replace you as the coolest band out of Montreal. On At Mount Zoomer, their second disc, these quirky Canucks often reach impressive indie-rock heights. You'll find yourself getting lost—in the very best sense—in the swirling, psychedelic-tinged sounds of songs like the opener, "Soldier's Grin." Several tracks, with their winding arrangements, stretch out to more than five minutes. The epic finale "Kissing the Beehive" is almost 11 minutes. Meanwhile tunes like "An Animal in Your Care" find Wolf Parade capturing the brooding spirit of the Cure, with Spencer Krug conjuring Robert Smith with his yelpy vocal. Bonus points for rad CD packaging.
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