Plague Park

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  • Summary: Handsome Furs is a side project for Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner, who is joined by his fiancee Alexei Perry and Wolf Parade drummer Arlen Thompson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Under The Radar
    80
    The small moments are the most memorable. [Summer 2007, p.80]
  2. It’s the lyrics that truly standout.
  3. It's almost as if, released from the role of playing less weird anchor to Spencer Krug's art rock savant, Boeckner's figured out how to maximize and expand what he does best.
  4. At their best, though, Handsome Furs do for the disaffected what the Postal Service did for sentimental Death Cab cuties: they deliver more of something not quite the same.
  5. Where Wolf Parade dips into more than their fair share of upbeat, even disco beat-driven, music, Handsome Furs instead pull back and strip down their songs.
  6. Plague Park’s nine tracks seem to be over before they reach their potential. The record gets better as it progresses, and successive listens reveal more interesting facets to the songwriting.
  7. Uncut
    40
    Overall the record has the pleasantly hobbyish but inessential air of a gap year vanity project. [Jul 2007, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 8, 2016
    10
    Years later and I still cannot get enough of this album, there is something so real and amazing about it. Better than any wolf parade albumYears later and I still cannot get enough of this album, there is something so real and amazing about it. Better than any wolf parade album in my book Expand
  2. ErikH.
    Jun 22, 2007
    10
    Remarkably consistent throughout. Highlights: What We Had, Dead + Rural, and The Radio's Hot Sun
  3. RogerJ
    May 25, 2007
    10
    even better than wolf parade!!!!!
  4. Marlene
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    The subtle and dark beauty of this album will be lost on people who don't take the time to listen to the lyrics or nuances of the drum The subtle and dark beauty of this album will be lost on people who don't take the time to listen to the lyrics or nuances of the drum machine. The concept of the album itself, Plague Park - named after a park in Helsinki that houses the plague-striken ancestors of its current inhabitants - is haunting, layered and clashing. The music does no less. Amazing. Expand
  5. sf
    Jun 27, 2007
    9
    It sucks if you're expecting Wolf Parade, which most reviews seem to be doing. If you're not, it's surprisingly good, one of It sucks if you're expecting Wolf Parade, which most reviews seem to be doing. If you're not, it's surprisingly good, one of the best albums of the year. A minimalist masterpiece. Expand
  6. ChristianH
    Mar 4, 2009
    9
    All songs save Dumb Animals are easy to listen to continuously. I love this CD.
  7. ChrisW
    Apr 13, 2010
    6
    it's merely OK. It's not horrible and it's not great....it just sort of is.

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