Random Spirit Lover - Sunset Rubdown
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  • Summary: The third album for the band led by Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. If you’re already among the converted, Random Spirit Lover is a second straight masterpiece from arguably the most talented songwriter of this generation.
  2. The shrewdly crafted Random Spirit Lover is the most satisfying batch of songs Krug has ever released.
  3. Grounded enough to know the limits of the listener (songs meander, but only to the confines of their ideas, never tiring out a single theme), but more than adventurous enough to remain extremely exciting.
  4. Crafting a decidedly more difficult record was likely something Krug intended, considering these songs seamlessly segue in and out of each other. That means some parts sound almost superfluous, as if they were written expressly to maintain this continuity. Still, the effect succeeds far more often than it fails.
  5. Fans of "Blackberry Way"-era Move, Berlin-era Bowie, late-period Of Montreal, and the Danielson Famile will eat this up like the candy it is.
  6. It bears all the signs of an artistic statement, stretching for meaning even as it reconstitutes and tears at the corners of its component definitions. It is both complete and incomplete; logical and wayward; good and, yeah, bad.
  7. 40
    Krug's non-stop croaking yells get old quickly, and the few highlights are hardly worth sitiing through an hour of Renaissance Faire-y meandering. [Fall 2007, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. JimmyF
    Dec 4, 2007
    76?! Are you kidding me? This is not only the greatest release I've heard all year, it's one of the best albums I've ever heard. These critics need to pull their heads out of their arses long enough to let this album sink in. This isnt a record you play at a dance party, you need to sit down and absorb it track by track. Brilliant! Collapse
  2. SeanJ.
    Oct 22, 2007
    The very best album of 2007. Krug cements his position as the best songwriter in the world with this release. Few more of these and he'll be shooting for legendary status. Very dismayed by the metacritic score though. It's as though a few writers who didn't give it a proper chance were enough to drag the score down. There's no doubt that Krug is a bit of a polarizing figure, but like the Stylus review says, for those of us that are Krugian converts, this is easily one of the best albums of the 00s. Couldn't recommend it enough. Expand
  3. RS
    Oct 15, 2007
    Best album of the year. Haters will hate when they know deep down Krug is a better songwriter than their precious simple-minded favourites. But then again, there is nothing wrong with simplicity when done write either. Expand
  4. MikeyB.
    Oct 25, 2007
    A true masterpiece. This sements Krug as the most talented songwriter of his generation.
  5. T.Speaker
    Nov 10, 2007
    I'll never understand the 76. This is such an ambitious, complex, coherent and fulfilling record -- it sets out to be an epic masterpiece and (mostly) succeeds. How "Shut Up I Am Dreaming" earned more praise is forever beyond me. Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2013
    I must say that it has been a long road for me to finally come around listening to Sunset Rubdown (and Wolf Parade for that matter), and I must say I am very impressed. This album is a beast to challenge no doubt. It is lengthy, perhaps a bit "proggy" in its pace anyhow, and downright complex and swirling for the most part. Its just amazing to me that heading into my twelfth or so listen there is still so much to uncover here, both in terms of melodies and downright amazing musicianship. Spencer Krug, after years of distant, uneducated, and vague disdain of his work, I can now proudly admit myself a convert. He's a brilliant songwriter, composer, etc...and this album is downright addicting and intoxicating if given the proper time and patience. Expand
  7. ToddW.
    Oct 25, 2007
    What? Another Spencer Krug side project offering? I could have had a V-8! Spence, enough with the Frog Eyes, Sunset Rubdown, et al. Time to get back on the Wolf Parade. Expand

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