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I buy a lot of CDs. And I live under the misconception that people care about my opinions. And I like to catalog things. Therefore I've decided to keep track of all the CDs I buy and what I think of them.

Sunday, January 01, 2006 :::

Apologies to the Queen Mary by Wolf Parade

Why I bought it: I downloaded it because it's impossible to escape from on the internet, and then they grew on me.

What I think about it: Wolf Parade are this year's Arcade Fire when it comes to hype on the internet. Everywhere you go, someone is in love with Wolf Parade. At first I resisted, because it even sounded like Arcade Fire, and the record store even labeled the Wolf Parade CD as being "for fans of Arcade Fire" which made me all the more dubious, but then the more the songs popped up in my jukebox, the more I kept flipping back to them. It's not consistently great, but what's interesting is that most of the songs that start out seeming rather mediocre end up evolving halfway through into something entirely different. Sure, the lead singers' voices sound a little affected in that Modest Mousey Cookie Cutter Indie Rocker kind of way, but their songwriting really does elevate them beyond being derivative. It's a grower, but in the long run I think it's eventually a great experience. Out of all the internet-hyped bands of the last year (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bloc Party), I think they will stay around the longest.

Song(s) worth a listen: You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son ; Modern World ; Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts ; Grounds for Divorce ; I'll Believe in Anything

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 8:30 PM :: #

Descended Like Vultures by Rogue Wave

Why I bought it: Because I liked their previous CD ok.

What I think about it: Rogue Wave is all growed up. Where there last CD was sorta underdeveloped and lacking in cohesion and barely survived on its own folky charm, Descended Like Vultures finally sounds like Rogue Wave is a full-fledged band. The production is perfect, the songs sound fully fleshed-out, and the tunes are catchy as hell, especially the first half. The last few songs kinda fade in quality, but on a whole, this CD is extremely listenable in a new wave folk pop kinda way. They are definitely a band to keep an eye on.

Song(s) worth a listen: Bird On A Wire ; Salesman At The Day Of The Parade ; Catform ; Love's Lost Guarantee ; California

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 8:21 PM :: #


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