Shut Up I Am Dreaming - Sunset Rubdown
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the band led by Spencer Krug (who can also be found in both Wolf Parade and Frog Eyes).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. The poetry is too good, the gloom too cached in symbolism and fine melodies to feel trite or melodramatic.
  2. The cumulative effect of Shut Up I Am Dreaming surpasses "I'll Believe in Anything"'s ostensible perfection. That's a brilliant song, yes, but this a brilliant album, ballooning with those sorts of moments on repeat.
  3. The sobering after-party to Wolf Parade’s debut.
  4. Spencer Krug has clearly established himself as a singular talent in any given guise, group, or effort.
  5. Even with a few overdone songs, though, Shut Up I Am Dreaming is a solid effort.
  6. There are a number of mediocre ideas that are drawn out a bit too long.
  7. Shut Up’s biggest downfall is it’s speed, or lack thereof. The songs lilt and twirl with Krug’s yelp, xylophones and processed guitars, but rarely does the pace exceed ballad-like levels.

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  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
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  1. KevinM
    Sep 16, 2006
    My favorite album of the year, each song builds up beautifully and climaxes just as excellently. Songs like "I'm sorry i sang on your hands" and "us ones in between". "They Took A Vote And Said No" is rollicking, and "Shut Up I'm Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings" is masterful. Check this album out if you liked Wolf Parade and see what you think. It's also a little more conventional to the out-there band "Frog Eyes". Expand
  2. TchsatoriS
    Jul 23, 2006
    The Emotional impact of this album is almost overbearing, I rarely give a '10' but on this occasion it would be a travesty to give any less. Expand
  3. RobertA
    May 17, 2006
    Wolf Parade's Apologies to The Queen Mary was a wonderful album. I didn't think I was going to like Sunset Rubdown's debut more than Wolf Parade's. But....Somehow...I can't stop listening to this album. At first I couldn't decipher what track I was on. The Album just sounded like one whole song. Then as I listened on the songs broke down into 10 pieces of work. It's hard to believe some of the critics aren't feeling these tunes as much as me. The good thing is...I Like It!...and another good thing is there are now TWO bands that are really wonderful. Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown. Two different pieces of cake from the same cake. And If I like what I hear. Then nothing else matters! Expand
  4. JadH
    Aug 28, 2006
    Spencer Krug is a genius. This album is the best of 2006 thus far and Apologies to the Queen Mary was the best of 2005. I especially like "They Took a Vote and Said No" "Us Ones Inj Between" "The Empty Threats of Little Lord" and of course "Shut Up Im Dreaming of a place where LOvers have Wings." Expand
  5. Shari
    Jun 27, 2006
    This album is absolutely heartbreakingly gorgeous - yet, it is also actually interesting to listen to. It's a bit of a contradiction. A good contradiction. I didn't even know Wolf Parade had two different singers until I saw them live, haha. Congratulations to Spencer Krug on making such a magnificent album. Expand
  6. GSpot
    Jul 18, 2006
    I love to subject my children to this album. This is a very good album. What really gets me is, while listening to a song, the piece goes from good to awestriking great in a millisecond, then back to good. It keeps me comming back for more listens because the shifting style and layered sounds. Lyrics are a bit out there but most of us are anyway so it's easy to relate to. Expand
  7. TristramC
    Aug 13, 2006
    Miikey S's comments meant a lot to me as the two albums he sited are two of my top favs of the year. I have not heard this album and am inclined to just take the plunge expect for the fact that so far this cd sounds so close to Wolf Parade I could believe it was the follow-up to Apologies For the Queen Mary. And um, plagarism sucks. Expand

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