Plague Park - Handsome Furs
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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.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. 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.
  2. Plague Park possesses an unsightly surface layer of cluttered sound and alien screeches that require swift penetrating to enjoy the sticky gooiness that resides within.
  3. The small moments are the most memorable. [Summer 2007, p.80]
  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. 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 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. gregj
    Nov 28, 2007
    Wow...are the critics even listening to the same record i am? this is - by far - the best record of 2007.
  2. darkelement
    Jun 10, 2007
    i was really leary when i heard about another wolf parade side project... but this album has truly seeped into my soul. there is just a ton of great tracks on here. one of my favorites of 2007 so far. Expand
  3. marioi
    May 25, 2007
    this record just gets better and better with each listen - and it was amazing on the first listen.
  4. BobH.
    Jul 1, 2007
    Excellent album. The critics have a tin ear when it comes to this CD.
  5. ChristianP.
    Jun 11, 2007
    much better than Sunset Rubdown. More focus and more heart!
  6. christianp
    Mar 15, 2008
    This album is highly underrated. I'm really shocked it wasn't received better -- the songs are amazing...the album has a specific feel throughout with interesting percussion parts mixed with odd synths, guitar and wonderful melodies. I feel like so many artists go for this sound but few pull it off with such ease. Expand
  7. ChrisW
    Apr 13, 2010
    it's merely OK. It's not horrible and it's not just sort of is.

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