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Dragonslayer album cover
Silver Moons
Idiot Heart
Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Oh!
Black Swan
Paper Lace
You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)
Nightingale / December Song
Dragon's Lair
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 48:51

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I freaking love this album


My introduction to Spencer Krug was Wolf Parade, but man I'm really preferring the Sunset Rubdown output of late. "Black Swan" is one of the best songs of the past 5 years. I love this album.

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Great production at last!


I was listening to Sunset Rubdown a few years ago and I just decided to give their earlier albums, which I love, a new listen. I've become a fan all over again. I decided to download Dragonslayer as I missed it when it first came out. Little did I know what I was missing. This is fantastic. Finally a production job to give their music justice. The songs are great and there is still the weirdness that makes Sunset Rubdown so attractive. This is a winner. There is an evenness to this collection which makes every track one to look forward to. Can't say enough about this disc.

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Reminds me of Bowie


and that's not a bad thing.

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This is the Best Album of 2009, If You Ask Me...


While I admit previous Sunset Rubdown albums have individual highlights that may surpass thos on this album, I also think it's the fullest & most complete album Sunset Rubdown have done. And probably the most accessible, which isn't the terrible thing some would paint it as. In the age of the iPod, perhaps people don't particularly care about whether albums "hang together" anymore: but this one does where the previous efforts--as much as I loved them--did not. "Silver Moons," "Idiot Heart," Apollo & The Buffalo..." "Paper Lace," & "You Go On Ahead" rank among the best Krug compositions--and considering he's probably my favorite active songwriter, that's saying something. Personally, it blew my other favorite releases of this year out of the water for the top spot.

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i had to listen to it a few times to get into it. it has some good tracks. its a more mellow album

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Wolf Parade It's Not...


The music itself is a little more mellow and there are some female backing vocals thrown in there as well. The band is made up of members of some other popular Canadian bands and they all contribute their own style to make the sound that is Sunset Rubdown. Some of my favorites on this release would be Idiot Heart, You Go On Ahead, and Dragon's Lair. It's a good release and a nice listen.

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krug is good.


mr. krug and gang make another nice record. it's not genius, but it's very good. i think he's gotten to be a better writer as of late and his voice is still one-of-a-kind. it might take a few spins to appreciate it, but it's worth it.

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love it


great album, if a little bombastic. but, hey, i like that kind of thing. i especially love "silver moons."

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keep trying to love them . . .


Three albums, three times I've tried to like Sunset Rubdown. Love Wolf Parade; love Handsome Furs; really liked Swan Lake. But once again, Sunset Rubdown is just a big "meh" for me.

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Grew on me


There's definitely some hooks in here, but it takes a couple plays to find them. Go for Idiot Heart and Nightingale and work your way in from there.

They Say All Music Guide

Maintaining the adventurous nature that makes Sunset Rubdown Spencer Krug’s most ambitious project, Dragonslayer is a tightly woven and surprisingly effortless listen. Third time’s a charm, as they say, and here it seems that Krug has struck that perfect balance between eclectic and poppy. It’s a fine line, but Sunset Rubdown tread it well, never seeming too careful and never stepping on a hook with their trademark spiraling solos and splintering changes. Although the band deconstructs the typical verse-chorus formula and the songs usually break the five-minute mark (“Dragon’s Lair” exceeds ten minutes), the melodies of “Idiot Heart” and opener “Silver Moons” are instantly memorable, sounding nearly classic. The latter song is a piano ballad with elements of glam rock, that, once again, takes a cue from David Bowie — but this time appropriating Ziggy Stardust moves rather than drawing influence from Bowie’s Berlin era. Sure, the music is challenging — it’s complex, musically and thematically. Art rock’s not supposed to be easy. But as carefully crafted as it is, this is the group’s most accessible record yet. And it’s a damn fine one at that. – Jason Lymangrover

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