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on August 14, 2016
Spencer Krug's first proper album as Sunset Rubdown is a rock album but a very unique one. Before it was an Indie standard to throw in the kitchen sink in regards to instrumentation, Krug was simply using these more uncommon instruments as he saw fit. Add to that a lesson in explosive energy from his other band, Wolf Parade, and this odd Baroque album manages to be wholly cerebral and move bodies at the same time.
If I had to complain about this album, I would argue it is an insular experience that can feel isolating at times. Krug's stylistic lineage as a musician seems to be on a different family tree than most other rock bands. He seems to have more in common with Classical composers. But as a detour, a musical getaway, records don't come better than this.
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on January 8, 2007
Simply put, this is a beautiful album. For the longest time, the Arcade Fire's "Funeral" stood on its own as the most beautiful album in my collection. Sure, many albums have beautiful songs - even several beautiful songs, but no albums until "Shut up I Am Dreaming" have struck me as comparable to "Funeral", and that's saying a lot.

I'd now like to address the spotlight reviewer. Musicans/ artists (esp. good ones) create from their heart. Sometimes a lot of people like their contribution and they are recognized i.e., fame, and sometimes their contribution never catches on. However, it is insulting to insinuate that this is "music for the scenesters" like spencer championed them as his key demographic. I am 26 and far from a scenester kid, yet I enjoy this music very much. It's like insinuating that pink floyd made music for drug users. The fact that scenesters may (or may not) like this album is just a side-effect; scenesters weren't the impetus for its creation.

This is an album for anyone that appreciates a beautiful piece of work, be it a scenester, a stoner, or a conservative, etc.
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on February 24, 2015
This is a great alternative album from the same guy responsible for Wolf Parade and Moonface. If you like either of those bands or bands like Arcade Fire, you will find this to be an unexpected treat. If you're not sure, go ahead and buy the title track; it's awesome.
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on July 8, 2007
I love this album. If you like Wolf Parade, then I highly recommend this album as its complement.
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