Destroyer Of The Void

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2010

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Void is an album by a band that’s mature enough to know what it wants and to focus its sound, but there’s a restlessness to these tracks that indicates it won’t be long before Blitzen Trapper strikes out for new territory.
  2. Q Magazine
    We get their most pastoral outing to date, piano ballads one minutes, laid-back Neil Young the next. [July 2010, p. 129]
  3. The band’s fifth record operates with a mercurial, decade-spanning dishevelment.
  4. From track to track, singer/guitarist Eric Early and company bounce from folk rock to prog, psychedelic pop to southern rock without breaking a sweat, paying homage to their forefathers without ever ripping them off.
  5. Destroyer of the Void is a fitting reminder of what’s possible when you already have such a strong catalog of music under your belt: exceptional music that always seems to beautifully connect, no matter how varying the sounds may be.
  6. It would seem that Destroyer Of The Void is an album that manages to both impress initially and continue to reveal virtues well into repeat spins; a trick that ensures the satisfaction of all manner of listeners, and one that reflects Blitzen Trapper's growing reputation as something of a must-hear.
  7. This is Blitzen Trapper’s fifth album, and there’s a sturdy professionalism evident on each of the songs. But it’s such a faithful recreation of a particular style that its appeal will in all likelihood be correspondingly limited.
  8. Uncut
    The 12 artfully crafted songs here suggest Blitzen Trapper should now be judged in the elevated company of Wilco, Brendan Benson and The Raconteurs. [Jul 2010, p.113]
  9. 80
    You would think that all this grandiose genre-juggling would play out like a collection of songs, but it all works well together and plays like a cohesive album.
  10. With an opener as strong as Destroyer of the Void, you could be forgiven for being disappointed that it is the collection's sole foray into spacey prog-pop territory and not the tip of the iceberg in a likeminded collection.
  11. Unfortunately, the album delivers nothing remotely as snappy as Furr's more immediate sonic treats and there are only a scant few moments when it seems to aim at serving up anything more than your garden variety folk-rock songs.
  12. 74
    Though it lacks the immediacy of Furr, Destroyer of the Void’s surface ripples with a steady, concentrated drip—confident in the strength of nuance’s eclipse.
  13. The result is another opus-de-Americana washed in experimental folk-rock—a zealous, if unfocused, tale of back-road pain and otherworldly redemption.
  14. 70
    They hew to a similar early-'70s aura -- nodding to a time when spacey keyboard effects and alt-country dust carried serious cachet.
  15. Trading low-fi ruggedness for gorgeous Americana pop, they conjure Dylan circa John Wesley Harding and proggy ELO but with bong-stoked epiphanies all their own.
  16. Technically impressive, immaculately arranged and performed, Destroyer of the Void removes the kitchen sink from the equation early in the record, which helps pave the way for Destroyer of the Void, the album, to unfold, and while there’s nothing here to match the instant gratification of songs like “God + Suicide” and the lovely title track from 2008’s Furr, there’s enough meat on these bones to suggest that the band hasn’t lost its knack for crafting spiritually charged, enigmatic woodcuts of 21st century Americana.
  17. This fifth set (their second since breaking out) pushes the city limits of their fantasy world even wider and masks an uncomfortable truth.
  18. Alternative Press
    Might as well slot this Portland, Oregon, Sextet on Bonnarooo's schedule for the next decade. [Jul 1010, p.122]
  19. Blitzen Trapper again channels a variety of sounds from the '60s through the '80s to meld its own genre on its latest release.
  20. Destroyer of the Void isn’t a bad album, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect well upon Blitzen Trapper’s changes as a band.
  21. Things get more interesting when the band loosens up a bit on the multi-part title track; layered harmonies, elegant harpsichord and celestial synthesizers give way to a flamboyant mid-section with some unusually strident, glam-rock guitar.
  22. Under The Radar
    While there are definitely a handful of superb tracks you'll still be rocking two years from now; there are a bunch you won't. [Spring 2010, p.62]
  23. There's nothing wrong with Destroyer of the Void, but it's not the thrill one would have wished for.
  24. On an album that quite simply comes up lacking in spots, they provide a healthy dose of the same brilliant elegance found on "Furr."
  25. Harpischord, bombast and multi-tracked vocals create an eerily outdated sound, setting Destroyer of the Void's stall as an overblown oddity.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    A self-assured collection of twelve songs spanning more than a half a dozen genres (folk, progressive, alt-country, psychedelic, pop...) yetA self-assured collection of twelve songs spanning more than a half a dozen genres (folk, progressive, alt-country, psychedelic, pop...) yet functioning as a cohesive whole, pastoral and strange simultaneously. Full Review »