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  • Summary: Spencer Krug (of Wolf Parade fame) releases his solo album under his Moonface moniker.
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  1. Aug 2, 2011
    83
    Organ Music not Vibraphone like I'd Hoped's chaotic nature shouldn't be reduced to just a skewed version of the artist's other projects, because while the record is commanding and at times difficult to stomach, it is perhaps as clear a glimpse into Krug's psyche as we've ever seen.
  2. Much like the way the organ music builds and builds, Krug seems to open up more and more, making the end result most definitely worth the effort.
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    The end result is a sound that feels both modern and ancient: the glorious sequence of arpeggios that rounds out "Return to the Violence of the Ocean Floor," for example, owes as much to Baroque counterpoint as to progressive rock or synth-pop. And yet, throughout the course of the album, these influences are melded seamlessly into a sound that is unmistakably Krug's own: dour, wistful, and tragic.
  4. Aug 1, 2011
    61
    Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, Krug's first post-Wolf Parade LP, feels like ritual music infused with 1980s nostalgia.
  5. Aug 18, 2011
    60
    It's effective, but the lyrics and the slightly mannered vocals never really rise above the level of jokey pastiche. [Sep 2011, p.91]
  6. Aug 11, 2011
    60
    What Krug describes as "something between pop and lush drones" are sub-zero tunes with unexpected bursts of warmth. They're not for everybody, and have an unfinished, sketchy feel, but it's hard to deny their strange beauty.
  7. Aug 9, 2011
    40
    Krug is a songwriter whose craft is best when met with the editing of other musicians--left to himself, however, we are left with a very forgettable retreat into his very OMD-obsessed psyche.

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