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Dragonslayer [VINYL]

Sunset Rubdown Vinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Sunset Rubdown was once the moniker under which Spencer Krug released low fidelity solo recordings. The project has long since evolved into a full band, and Dragonslayer is the third full-length recorded by the whole group. Besides Krug, it features the three musicians who originally signed on: Jordan Robson-Cramer on drums, guitar and keys, Michael Doerksen on guitar and bass, and Camilla ... Read more in Amazon's Sunset Rubdown Store

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  • Vinyl (15 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B0026T4RO8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Idiot Heart
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4. Black Swan
5. Paper Lace
6. You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)
7. Nightingale/December Song
8. Dragon's Lair

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 25 May 2010
By Oddboy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album initailly after a Sunset rubdown gig. I was blown away by the sound the band made.

Being able to listen several times to songs and hear the lyrics clearly; having time to process the content and the sound together has been a revelation.

The feelings that are elicited from this record are the feel of the Pixies in their Dolittle pomp, Arcade Fire, prog and a whole bunch of other things.

I bought a second copy for my wife as she would listen over and over to it in her car coming home from work. A fabulous sound and engaging lyrics. A best album of the year for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for Rubdown 11 Aug 2009
By M. Stal
Format:Audio CD
Sunset Rubdown keeps on getting better and better. SR has always been a personal favourite but with the new album the band might just get noticed by a new group of people. At least, that's what I hope. Dragonslayer is a bit easier to listen to than previous albums. It all sounds more poppy and harmonic, in a way. But SR still managed not to give up their style of crafting intriguing songs of weird beauty. And all songs are more than great on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Krug (8/10) 28 Aug 2009
By Gannon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There is much to commend on Spencer Krug's second release as Sunset Rubdown. He has really caught the zeitgeist of 2009's true indie-rock. Piggy-backing Dirty Projector's well-received release Bitte Orca, his Dragonslayer is equally eccentric and unconcerned with mass unit-shifting. It takes the same eccentricity Wild Beasts have so skilfully mined in their second album, pitching it will great aim at the correct and fickle bastion-barometers of taste.

Dragonslayer is naturally epic, but rather in subject matter than risky scope. To that end, and despite Krug's own claims to the contrary, it possesses the fanciful, concept qualities that The Decemberists harnessed so well on The Hazards of Love, whilst retaining a degree of indie, cult status akin to that achieved by Neutral Milk Hotel.

Krug's native Montreal, and Canada as a whole, is yet to recapture its Midas touch so prevalent a couple of years ago but consistently solid releases, such as this, will steady the ship. Along with his other, relatively successful side projects Swan Lake and Frog Eyes (and the much-overrated Wolf Parade), Krug is proving dependable. However, on Dragonslayer, he is not the star alone. Keyboardist and backing vocalist Camilla Wayne, provides entirely complimentary, ear-catching vocals to balance Krug's Byrne-isms.

Although some of the material on Dragonslayer is merely playing the role of a supporting cast (Paper Lace), it is often offset by sweeping and affable tales of butterflies and black swans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 28 July 2009
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A wonderfully unique mixture of Harmonic vocals, diverse keyboard play and guitar to lust after, along with lyrics deeply entangled in metaphorical madness make this a must have for anyone looking for something a bit different. 'Idiot Heart', 'You go on Ahead' and the 10 minute epic 'Dragons Lair' are the stand out songs but there is not a dissapointing track on the album. Superb.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So darn good! 27 Jun 2009
By KJ - Published on
Format:Audio CD
What an album! I loved Sunset Rubdown's first two albums and couldn't wait to see what they would do next. Almost all the songs here are more accessible than the songs on the first two albums (and easier to appreciate on the first listen), and Krug's crazed yelp has become much more akin to what people traditionally expect from a rock singer. And the production is much more hi-fi, the sound more full and spacious. A lot of times these changes (more accessible, more polished surface) are a misstep. But not here. This album is neither better nor worse than the first two. All three are great, and all three are quite different.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their strongest album to date 1 Feb 2010
By Lee L. - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Most casual observers dismiss Sunset Rubdown as a side project from Wolf Parade member Spencer Krug. Maybe it was because Wolf Parade is on a bigger label, and there was just more hype surrounding the band's debut, but with the fourth Sunset Rubdown album Dragonslayer, hopefully charges of 'side project' will be laid to rest.

It was hard to know what to expect in the weeks leading up to this release after the band's previous album, Random Spirit Lover. That album was great, but you really had to give it time and let the songs emerge through repeated listens. If you were patient, then it paid off as any serious Krug fan will attest to. Dragonslayer however pays of instantly. To be sure, it gets better each time you listen to it, but it's easily the band's most accessible album to date.

The biggest difference is that Dragonslayer is more of a live record. There's not a lot of overdubs or studio tricks and they don't have to 'figure out' how to pull these songs off at a show. Most of the band's previous work were creations of the studio (or Krug sitting in front of some keyboards and a lot of editing software), but Dragonslayer is more of a 'band' album.

Krug's vocals are in rare form and if you didn't like his voice before, nothing here will change that. I think if you were confused by their last record, this newer one will be a welcome addition to your album collection. It sounds like the type of songs Krug wrote for Shut Up I am Dreaming, but with the production and style of his contributions to Wolf Parade.

It was hands-down my favorite record of last year and makes me even more excited for what they'll come up with next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2009... 6 Jan 2010
By J. P. Enabe - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I am shocked at how this album has slipped so far under the radar. Last year I had a tough time choosing between my top 2-3 albums but this year one album stood up and took charge.

Dragonslayer is such a great album that I feel silly even talking about it. Just get it now and listen to it at least 5 times! I have played this record over 40 times this year and still need more!
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Gem 17 Jan 2012
By D. A. Nelson - Published on
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Checked this album out as I am a fan of Wolf Parade and have enjoyed all of their stuff in the past. This was my introduction to Sunset Rubdown and I can say that it is everything I liked about Wolf Parade if not more. The edgy lyrics and heavy driving/wailing guitars are all there in addition to what I think are more creative and unique lyrics and songwriting. The last three tracks on this album were probably my favorite of the year - grow on you each time you listen; powerful throughout with phenomenal lyrics, great guitar/percussion layering, and an ebb and flow of intensity that keeps your interest.

The indie rock world is in need of more bands like this - rock and roll with a pleasant indie twist. Nightingale/December song is the epitome of what Indie Rock should be in my humble opinion.

Bottom line - if you like harder indie rock including Wolf Parade, Black Keys, or even Band of Horses, you are missing out without this in your collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!! 7 Mar 2011
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What an amazing album. It gets better every time I listen to it. Rising and falling crescendos, hushed, then triumphant and devastating all at the same time. Wow... Spencer Krug is a blank-ing genius and wholeheartedly deserves whispers (sometimes shouts) about his being the best of today's songwriters. The first time I heard him was Apologies to the Queen Mary (another gem), and wasn't sure about Krug's warble. Thank heavens I kept listening. Buy this. Now. Enjoy. by Dronester ADDENDUM: So when's the next Sunset Rubdown record, Spencer? Please, we need more, as I am thoroughly addicted and this music makes everything right in the world.
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