Wolf Parade – 6 Song EP

Six songs (as you may well have guessed) on this EP, with four coming from the album, and two non-album songs for to wet your whistles.

The four songs that made the album are all pretty bedrock indie rock tunes and therefore worthy additions, but only if you have somehow obtained this EP but not the album. See, unlike the last EP, the songs all sound more or less exactly like they do on the album with slightly worse production. Furthermore, the four do not include any of the big money (no “Shine A Light” or “Same Ghost Every Night” here) So, unless you really need to hear “Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts” with a brief intro and an outro that doesn’t segue into “I’ll Believe In Anything” (another money track that isn’t present), or a version of “We Built Another World” where the whole band sounds hungover and the lead singer sounds like he has a pair of balls in his throat, or “Grounds For Divorce” and “It’s A Curse” with slightly elongated instrumental breakdowns (by ten seconds in the first and twenty seconds in the latter) then you don’t particularly need them here. Really, these are very good songs, but these sound like earlier takes in the same recording sessions.

But what about the two other tracks? Well, son, “The National People’s Scare” is fantasticabulouxcellent! A slow droning sadness about something involving hopelessness and rotting birds and sprawl. Oh, it’s great stuff, it is. Sadly, the last song, “Killing Armies” is distinguishable only by having a dumb descending fart-buzz riff and a less offensive but still meh ascending keyboard riff at the same time and no memorable melody at all. Who needs ’em!

In conclusion, 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 9 + 4 / 6 = ~7, and that’s all folks!

7/10

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