Wolf Parade
Expo 86


2.5
average

Review

by Young Buck USER (8 Reviews)
November 24th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Expo 86 is like a good day at a boring job.

The first time I heard Wolf Parade was 3 years ago when a friend at work gave me a list of the ten albums he’d take if he were to be stranded on a desert island for all of eternity. On that list, other than some obvious records like Kid A and Loveless, was Wolf Parades’ debut Apologizes To The Queen Mary. Intrigued by the fact that it was one of the only records on his list I had not heard I went out and got it. I was hit with a wave of catchy, anxious indie songs that won me over from the first listen. Led by the trade off vocals from the yelping keyboardist Spencer Krug and guitarist Dan Boeckner, the album quickly became the soundtrack to my summer. Later on, when At Mount Zoomer was released, I bought it on the release day and eagerly biked home to listen. What I heard was a more focused version of the band, which was not a bad thing, but it was like they tightened all the loose ends in their sound that made them so loveable.

When Expo 86 was announced I was optimistic that it would be a really good album. Spencer Krug’s last album, recorded under his moniker, Sunset Rubdown, showed him hitting a creative peak in his music that I thought would lend a large hand in making Expo 86 the record that would save them from becoming another indie band with an amazing debut and nothing to follow it up with. I picked up the record and once again eagerly got home to listen to the album that was going to rescue Wolf Parade from becoming one of “those” bands. I carefully placed the needle on the record and paced back and forth while the first few seconds of silence passed by…

For the next 55 minutes I sat, only getting up to flip the records, and listened to the next step towards the end for Wolf Parade. Their once emotion filled songs were traded in for generic sounding filler tracks, and that’s all it was. Filler. Gone was the excitement, and with it went all the creativity. Krug’s vocals seemed half hearted and Arlen Thompson’s drumming lacked its one eclectic personality. By the end of the Side A (that’s track 3 for all you following on mp3/cd) it was already starting to drag, the only highlight being the opener “Cloud Shadow on the Mountain”. From then on, listening to the next 40 minutes of the record was like staring at a white ceiling, only not on any psychedelics. Although the songs were bland and forgettable, they were not memorably terrible either. When the last side of the record came to a stop, I got up and went on with my day forgetting about the album for the most part.

Expo 86 is like a good day at a boring job. When you get off work and carry on with your day the time you spent at work becomes a blur. It’s not to say that this time you’ll soon forget is bad, it just was anything special. Your day at work could have been worse, you didn’t get yelled at by any customers or the boss, but you also could have been practicing that new song for the gig on the weekend. It’s the time that is bland and forgettable, but also not bad enough to be memorable that fills the gaps in our memories.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jash
November 24th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review number 5 boiz, this is my first crack at reviewing something i didnt really really enjoy, feedback is always appreciated

Bitchfork
November 24th 2010


7584 Comments


yeah this is pretty boring

Jash
November 24th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

very boring

Nervous Sad Poor
November 24th 2010


73 Comments


i like this review

Jash
November 24th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks brah!

Nervous Sad Poor
November 24th 2010


73 Comments


i'll neg if you say brah again

slep
November 24th 2010


1604 Comments


yeah nice review, the first-person narrative worked well here, but you could maybe throw in a tad bit more analysis of the music. I pretty much agree with your rating.

mmfarva
November 24th 2010


1352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really liked this album it first, but it definitely had almost no lasting value. Might drop it another .5. Still some excellent tracks though, like Cave-O-Sapien and Julia.

AggravatedYeti
November 24th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

coincidentally remember just how much I liked this album.

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2010


6099 Comments


dessert island, full of cake?

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 24th 2010


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmmmm

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2010


23964 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The album is bland and forgettable. Good review, where's my props for editing that monstrosity though?

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2010


23964 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

whoops double post

Jash
November 24th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ah yes, i have to thank Aids who fixed up the "monstrosity" for me. thanks for all the pos's whoever you were

Jash
November 26th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

bumping this out of boredom and wanting some moar feedback on the review

Bitchfork
November 26th 2010


7584 Comments


yeah fix "dessert" it's got one s. for christ's sake dessert's got two s's because you want to have two desserts and desert has one s because you'd only want to walk through one desert if you had to walk through one.

Jash
November 26th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks ill fix that

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2010


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The only song you said was good was the opener and I hated it. Should I even bother finishing the album or should I just go masturbate

mmfarva
December 21st 2010


1352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check out "Yulia,""Pobody's Nerfect," and "Cave-O-Sapien."



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