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Wolf Parade - Apoligies to the Queen Mary

Released on subpop, September 27, 2005

It couldn't hurt to slide your feet into the indie scene by opening up for much bigger acts like Modest Mouse and The Arcade Fire. Wolf Parade was given this rare initiation over the past year or so, but like your father may have said when you ventured out into the real world, "If you're going to survive, you've got to start doing things on your own from now on."

Their first full length, <i>Apologies to The Queen Mary</i>, is apparently a real apology for a party they threw that went a little sour last year that they still feel bad about. These soft hearted musicians reveal a rugged and real voice on every song. The first track is one of my favorites; the simplicity in its instrumentation is akin to Spoon's "Paper Tiger" but with an added seriousness that conveys a deep and personal storyline about a non-existent father-son relationship.

The second track, Modern World is perhaps my least favorite on this whole album. Including The Arcade Fire's patented backing chorus tricks seems like a poor decision on their part. In some ways I wish this one had been at the end of the CD so I wouldn't have to keep skipping past it every time I give it a spin.

Each track that follows however is like an unexpected phone call from a good friend on those nights that have left you drained and wasted. I will say, without a doubt, that this is the best album I've heard this year.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars