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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B0026T4ROS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silver Moons
2. Idiot Heart
3. Apollo And The Buffalo And Anna Anna Anaa Oh!
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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Sunset Rubdown was once the moniker under which Spencer Krug released lo-fi solo recordings. The project has long since evolved into a full band, and "Dragonslayer" is the third full-length. The musicianship is unassisted by studio magic, and the songs are left to justify for themselves their own screwy pop-rock existence. Double LP contains digital download coupon for free MP3s of the full album.

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"Charming, dizzying pop that's as sinewy as it is cerebral" --Av Club

"Powerful and overwhelming" --Fader

"Spencer Krug's marquee band isn't Wolf Parade anymore" --Xlr8

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It gets better every time I listen to it.
dronester1
Checked this album out as I am a fan of Wolf Parade and have enjoyed all of their stuff in the past.
D. A. Nelson
If you like Wolf Parade then you're in luck--Spencer is in both bands.
E. Peyer

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KJ on June 27, 2009
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee L. on February 1, 2010
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Enabe on January 5, 2010
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!
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Spencer Krug (he of Wolf Parade) formed Sunset Rubdown in 2004 as a side project, and immediately created indie-buzz with the strangely appealing but most certainly 'left-of-center' approach to the band's music (think sophisticated art rock). This is the band's 3rd full-fledged album.

"Dragonslayer" (8 tracks; 49 min.) opens up with the beautiful and sweeping "Silver Moons", a fantastic opener. "Idiot Heart" is a more ambitious track, but it grabs you as well. After those first two songs, though, the album definitely takes a turn for the more dramatic and complex stuff. The 7 min. "Black Swan" goes all over the place, from soft to loud back to soft (and I don't mean in the emo-type of way, but more like having several songs into one). "You Go on Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II) is another highlight, although the opening riff reminded me immediately of David Bowie's "Modern Love" (in fact, there seems to be a very strong influence of Bowie in a lot of these songs). "Nightingale/December Song" has a great drum/percussion undercurrent. It all leads up to the monster closing track, the 10+ min. "Dragon's Lair", which brings it all home, and is the perfect summary of the album: ambitious, challenging, but very engaging.

In all this is quite the album. I haven't had a chance yet to see these guys in concert, and I can only hope that they'll go on the road again in support of this album. Finally, if you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none. Meanwhile, if you like art rock, pick up "Dragonslayer", you won't be disappointed.
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I have followed Spencer Krug's career for quite some time and think that this album has actually eclipsed his work with Wolf Parade. The album is listen through with 4 songs that I really see as highlights: Silver Moons, Idiot Heart, Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!,and You Go On Ahead. The album has a great flow and is something I often put on while reading or catching up on emails. It has a different sound then Random Spirit Lovers which I really like and the back-up vocals of Camilla Wynne Ingr sound great when played off the frayed voice of Spencer Krug. If you are a fan of bands like Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, and the National this band is well worth your time. The packaging of the vinyl edition is also great for collectors and as an added bonus it comes with a free code to get all of the album's songs in MP3. Great value.
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