• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 2011
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 8, 2011
    90
    Sound Kapital, with its concise length and sound quality (omit none of these songs), should be the flagship for such a shift. Spencer Krug should take note.
  2. Aug 24, 2011
    70
    Sound Kapital never quite settles into a comfortable pattern of pop.
  3. Aug 3, 2011
    80
    The change-up [writing exclusively on the keyboard] proved to be the best thing to happen for the duo, especially for Boeckner, a guitarist by trade whose embrace of the analog synth helped open a whole new world of expression for him as a songwriter.
  4. Jun 30, 2011
    80
    If this is what we're going to be getting from Boeckner and company, perhaps Wolf Parade can stand to take a break for as many years as it needs to.
  5. While it is hard to pinpoint anything wrong with Sound Kapital on a micro-level (and a great many people are likely to be happy with the collection), the resulting picture of Sound Kapital as a whole is one of complacency, making the album easy enough to like, but difficult to love.
  6. Jun 30, 2011
    60
    As Boeckner repeats the words "I have no feelings" in the last song, he seems to be driving home a point. Prior Handsome Furs outings had a lot more emotion behind them.
  7. Jun 30, 2011
    80
    Boeckner and Perry succeed in their experiment, wringing the same cathartic material out of their synth-driven approach as they did in their previous album-long anthems. These two have plenty more talent to give to us; pray for their marriage to last a long, long time.
  8. Jun 29, 2011
    81
    Everything about this song -- and this entire album, for that matter -- suggests this heart's still got a lot left to burn.
  9. Jun 29, 2011
    75
    This album doesn't stray far from the formula of their previous work, but it isn't disappointing. It goes down smoothly and will keep your toes tapping until the very last beat.
  10. Jun 28, 2011
    67
    A side project gets slicked up for a close-up.
  11. Jun 28, 2011
    70
    Sweaty and urgent, Sound Kapital is a snapshot of a dark world with hard-fought glimmers of euphoria.
  12. 60
    Its nine tracks were composed solely on keyboards as the duo – Wolf Parade guitarist Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry – forced themselves into a new songwriting regime.
  13. Jun 27, 2011
    70
    Sound Kapitol is a successful, if slightly creatively stifling refinement of a fruitful and unique musical partnership.
  14. Jun 21, 2011
    70
    Occasionally, Boeckner and Perry replicate the 
lo-fi bustle of city life too well, achieving only a dense, dirty muddle
  15. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    The unending lights and sounds of Bangkok, Manila and Beijing inspired the duo's most electronic and propulsive album to date.
  16. 80
    Sound Kapital exemplifies form mirroring content and vice versa. The electro-industrial synthesizers and drum machines convey the Handsome Furs' lyrical convictions better than the band's earlier, less bombastic combinations of synths and guitar.
  17. Aug 8, 2011
    60
    Throbbing synth-pop from husband-and-wife duo. [Aug. 2011, p. 120]
  18. Aug 5, 2011
    80
    Sound Kapital may be the best of the bunch-- a hard-hitting, spine-crushing work of post-industrial electro-punk that owes more to Suicide than Pavement. [Jul 2011, p.85]
  19. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    Practically seamless in execution, the worldly Sound Kapital reaches its peak with the anthemic "Repatriated," an upbeat track ready for dance floors from Brooklyn to Bangkok. [Jul 2011, p.110]

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