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Dragonslayer [Sunset Rubdown]

  • 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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JAG 521401

  • Credits

    Maintaining the adventurous nature that makes Sunset Rubdown Spencer Krug' most ambitious project, DRAGONSLAYER is a tightly woven 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 treads it well, never seeming too careful and never stepping on a hook with the combo's 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, DRAGONSLAYER is the group's most accessible record yet.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "DRAGONSLAYER is a feast of Seventies-style prog....'Idiot Heart' opens with psychedelic guitar, then adds xylophone and organ until it all explodes into an anthem..."
    Spin (p.93) - "Video game rhythms power the incredible 'You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II),' while 'Nightingale/December Song' gets future-folky..."
    CMJ - "[A]n enviably honest and revealing collection that takes as many emotional risks as it does technical ones."
    Paste (magazine) (p.59) - "'Silver Moons' climbs from a 'Let It Be' - style piano vamp toward lofty, distorted plateaus, while 'Idiot Heart' eventually warms up to a series of foot-stomping refrains..."
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