I’m not going to pretend that wasn’t part of my design, but it’s sincerely felt in any case.
It just surprises me that Krug is so highly rated over Boeckner (if Boeckner is ever rated at all), when Boeckner’s work has so much more spark and energy (and pop hooks!). Boeckner brings the fun into Wolf Parade; Krug brings the dour and the dirge. That’s why Apologies, where their different songwriting styles are much more blended, is so clearly their best album (that and Brock’s shambolic production, which the subsequent albums really suffer from lacking).
I say “surprised” but it doesn’t really surprise me, just saddens me. I’d love to learn that there’s at least one other person around here who rates Boeckner’s work over Krug’s. I’d also be interested in recommendations on whether it’s worth me trying any of the first three Sunset Rubdown albums, given what I’ve just said (as well as the fact that I think Dragonslayer boring as shit).
Compulsory ranking exercise:
AttQM > (but only just) Sound Kapital = The Operators > Face Control > Heartbreaking Bravery = Plague Park > At Mount Zoomer > Organ Music = Expo 86 >>>>>>>>>>>>> Dragonslayer
Haven’t heard the other three Sunset Rubdown albums, and never got the Divine Fits stuff because there’s something about Spoon that grates a little.