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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for Spencer Krug as Moonface is simplified with only piano and vocals.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    80
    It’s the product of a chronic overthinker refining his teeming thoughts into crystalline song, forming an album that doesn't shy away from the gravitas of grand gestures, and, more importantly, the emptiness that follows when they prove to be futile.
  2. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    A classically trained ivory tickler, Krug's compositional style is as esoteric as his prose, lending an unpredictable musicality to the proceedings that allows the listener to forget that they’re essentially listening in on a very intimate solo performance.
  3. Oct 25, 2013
    80
    A far cry from the piano-tinkling heard in formulaic modern pop, Krug’s ivories are often filmic (Barbarian), or musical-theatre enough to evoke Hugh Jackman or Julie Andrews singing amidst a mountainscape (November 2011).
  4. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    Julia is more touching than any Krug record made before it.
  5. Nov 1, 2013
    78
    This barebones form is less than accessible, but Krug took the risk and consequently produced the most authentic collection of music he’s ever created.
  6. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    At the end of this quite exhausting album, it is hard to ascertain whether anything has been resolved. However, if this is what Krug needs to move on, then Julia With Blue Jeans On is a testament to the healing power of creativity.
  7. 67
    There are moments on Julia where he succeeds in creating the important and honest music he wants to make. Of course, when you’re using a shotgun, you’re bound to hit something.

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  1. Nov 2, 2013
    10
    Simply amazing. For those unfamiliar with Spencer Krug, he is a talent that is like an albino deer -always surprising when you see it butSimply amazing. For those unfamiliar with Spencer Krug, he is a talent that is like an albino deer -always surprising when you see it but beautiful and majestic to experience. These songs are his most accessible to date. Julia showcases his pop sensibility and his originality that is so lacking in today's music scene. Great from the first listen, yet grows with every spin. Each song is memorable and resonates like a first fallen snow. I am sure his next effort will contain yodeling and a washboard but I guarantee you, it will be a spectacle. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    This is an extremely beautiful album that evokes memories of a past that has since long disappeared in the musical landscape. All we have isThis is an extremely beautiful album that evokes memories of a past that has since long disappeared in the musical landscape. All we have is Spencer Krug's vocals and his piano, and in many ways this minimalism could ruin a musician, but in this case this stripping back of sounds proves to be Krug's biggest advantage. He makes the piano sound majestic and powerful something I have not heard a musician achieve in recent times.

    The most pensive tracks prove to be the strongest: 'Love the House You're In' and 'Dreamy Summer' both pan across Krug's masterful piano playing and melancholic vocal style, climaxing in a crescendo of piano keys that is chaotic but beautiful at the same time.

    The album feels like a turning point for Krug, whose work in countless indie bands, and more 'busy' sound under his past Moonface releases, pale in comparison to this new piano-driven sound. I feel it is an artistic milestone for Krug, and it's bounty will be enjoyed by many broken hearts out there for many years to come.
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  3. Nov 13, 2013
    9
    I had written off Spencer as going too far off the deep end. The whole everything being a metaphor with allusions to greek mythology (andI had written off Spencer as going too far off the deep end. The whole everything being a metaphor with allusions to greek mythology (and mythological creatures) thing was getting really stupid. This abum has redeemed him in my eyes. Magnificent, majestic, simple, and beautiful, with hardly any of the crap listed above. Expand