Plague Park

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Plague Park
Studio album by Handsome Furs
Released May 22, 2007
Recorded December, 2006
Mount Zoomer: Montreal
Genre Indie rock
Length 36:31
Label Sub Pop
Handsome Furs chronology
Plague Park
Face Control
(2009)Face Control2009

Plague Park is Handsome Furs' first full-length album. Handsome Furs is Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Atlas Strategic) and his wife, Alexei Perry.

The record is named after the park Ruttopuisto, situated in Helsinki, Finland.[1] Commonly referred to as "Plague Park", the park grounds sit atop a mass grave that contains the victims of the 1710 plague.[2]

The recordings combine plaintive, angst-filled singing with loud, electronic accompaniment and heavy percussion.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry.

1."What We Had"3:56
2."Hearts of Iron"3:35
3."Handsome Furs Hate This City"4:58
4."Snakes on the Ladder"4:30
5."Cannot Get Started"3:00
6."Sing! Captain"5:21
7."Dead + Rural"3:00
8."Dumb Animals"5:37
9."In the Radio's Hot Sun"2:34


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound(8/10) link
Pitchfork Media(7.2/10) link
Popmatters(6/10) link
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars link
Stylus Magazine(B) link
Robert Christgau(dud) link

Plague Park has received generally positive reviews. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a score of 72 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[4]


The following people contributed to Plague Park:[5]

Handsome Furs[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Handsome Furs - Audio Engineer, Audio Production
  • H.F. - Engineer
  • Chad Jones - Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Help
  • Harris Newman - Mastering
  • Arlen Thompson - Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Engineer, Mixing, Producer


Track nine is listed on Sub Pop's website as "The Radio's Hot Sun", but in the physical liner of the album, is listed as "In The Radio's Hot Sun".


  1. ^ Radio Free Canuckistan, "Dan Boeckner Interview", December 12, 2007.
  2. ^ Historical Tour in the Centre of Helsinki, "The Old Church and the adjacent cemetery",, retrieved January 8, 2008.
  3. ^ Rayner, Ben."HANDSOME FURS". Toronto Star, Jun 5, 2007 Page: L.11
  4. ^ Critic Reviews for Plague Park. Metacritic. Retrieved 28 June 2011
  5. ^ Plague Park - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 28 June 2011

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