Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wolf Parade - Expo 86

  • Gatefold
  • Lyrics included

  • Album Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
  • Sound Quality: 4/5 (Great)
  • Packaging: 4/5 (Great)

Wolf Parade's third studio album, Expo 86, was released in 2010 to very positive critical acclaim and about as much commercial success as is possible for a slightly off kilter indie rock band such as Wolf Parade. Wolf Parade is graced with not one, but two fantastic songwriters; Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner alternate songwriting/vocal duties in a Lennon/McCartney fashion.

Expo 86 is a shining example of great indie rock; it's quirky and charming in all the right places while still being supported by the excellent musicianship of the band. Standout tracks include "What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)" and "Ghost Pressure". "Yulia" tells the tale of a Russian cosmonaut that was allegedly lost in space after a failed mission to the Moon. This is of course only an urban legend, but Wolf Parade's interpretation is uncharacteristically heartfelt, displaying a side to the band that has yet to be seen.

The album comes on two heavy pieces of wax and sounds great. The vinyl brings out the many different soundscapes created by the band wonderfully.

Expo 86 is packaged in a full-color gatefold jacket. It features lyrics and credits on the backs of the two inner sleeves.

Purchase Expo 86 on vinyl here (Amazon): EXPO 86

1 comment:

  1. hey what vinyl player do you have? would like to see where u play these records