Plague Park

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Plague Park
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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
(2007)
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.

No.TitleLength
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

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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]

Personnel[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

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".

References[edit]

  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", helsinki.fi, 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

External links[edit]

Videos