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Dragonslayer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2010
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2009
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2009
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. With this in mind, those hoping for an album of equal stature to the critically-lauded debut may be left quietly, but satisfactorily, indifferent. 10-minute closer `Dragon's Lair' however steals the Dragonslayer show for pure pomp and coherency, at least the latter half of it does with waves of crescendos and deservedly overdone bombast. It ties the meandering tales to a fire-breathing objective, one achieved, if it set out to calmly please and gently baffle.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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