Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
- Artist: Sunset Rubdown
- Album: Dragonslayer
- Label: Jagjaguwar
- Year of Release: 2009
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- Reviewed by: tosnob on 2009-07-14
Spencer Krug is a busy man. Somehow the Montreal-based musician can keep balls in the air with his bands Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, and Frog Eyes. The latest entry in his catalogue is the new album from Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer.
Dragonslayer is a collection of sweeping orchestral pop songs. The album combines elegant, dramatic arrangements with a deft indie pop ear. That makes songs like "Silver Moons" and "Apollo And the Buffalo And Anna Anna Anna Oh!" both majestic in scope and catchy in practice.
There is definitely a theme that runs through the album forming it into a cohesive whole. The epic nature of the tracks comes predominantly from the mythological or fantasy narrative of the songs. A song like "Black Swan", with it's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" intro, therefore benefits from an overarching Gothic shadow.
Despite the orchestrals and the sporadic screeching guitar ("You Go On Ahead"), it really is the pop side that makes the album so appealing. The propulsive "Idiot Heart" simply glimmers with aural rock candy.
Dragonslayer may very well be Krug's best album to date.
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on 2009-07-15 dscanland Said:
Just gave Dragonslayer a once over last week and really liked what I heard. Damn you for beating me to the review... User review to follow.