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  • Summary: Dan Bejar's seventh Destroyer record is as lyrically dense as ever, but marks a shift to a full-band, guitar-oriented sound after 2004's more eclectic 'Your Blues.'
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. It's an easy Destroyer album to love, approachable as both a collection of strong rock songs and a literary exercise in just how far songs can stretch to make sense of the words within them.
  2. 91
    Hooky, spare, and lush all at once. [Mar 2006, p.95]
  3. Those who choose to fixate on Bejar's lack of a pretty singing voice are missing the point. Much like John Darnielle, everything outside of Bejar's verse should be seen as peripheral -- a means to deliver the lyrical ends.
  4. While the sheer density of Bejar's writing can be overwhelming, Destroyer's Rubies is, on a musical level, the most 'accessible' disc he's released in years.
  5. Destroyer's Rubies is an inadvertent Guide To Destroyer - every defining quirk, every 70's pop nod and ill-advised but forgivable falsetto is condensed and framed, only without becoming something fans of Bejar will have all heard before.
  6. An amalgam of Streethawk: A Seduction's glam rock posturing, This Night's guitar-heavy psychedelia, and Your Blues' apocalyptic wordplay.
  7. Overall, listeners will struggle to classify "Rubies," as much for Bejar's blurring of bluesy folk, pop and lo-fi indie rock as his unconventional delivery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 72
  2. Negative: 10 out of 72
  1. WesM.
    Aug 31, 2008
    (I forget whether or not I already rated this) Anyway, it takes a few listens, but every track - with expected variance, and if you can handle the pretentiousness - is really good indie rock! Expand
  2. rollandb
    Mar 3, 2006
    no words necessary...
  3. DavidH
    Jun 8, 2006
    I really don't think anyone who gives this album less than 8/10 has any idea about music/lyrics/poetry. But that's my opinion. I agree wholeheartedly with Ross W in the sense that if people are just buying albums because they are in the critics top 10....then disappointment through ignorance or lack of appreciation is the only outcome. Can these people go back and listen to Thief/Streethawk/Your Blues + New Pornographers for some background.......PLEASE!!!! Expand
  4. matta
    Feb 27, 2006
    I have only heard Your Blues, so I'm not an expert on Bejar and his music, but the songs on here are incredible. I always thought that his songs on the NP's albums were weak and therefore shyed away from his stuff until a few months ago when I heard Your Blues. It was pretty good, but still, nothing could have prepared my for the sheer brilliance of this disc. Great lyrics and unique voice as usual, but it's the backing band that makes this album so solid. Great tunes. This is the best album that I have heard so far this year and I can't imagine it not appearing in my top ten at the end of the year. Expand
  5. RossW
    Jun 5, 2006
    And thus a new class of music listeners is born - the metacritic dilettante. He believes that universal acclaim translates into universal appeal, and thus blindly stumbles into whatever album happens to be sitting up there in the "top ten." Then, frustrated with having his limited musical aesthetic challenged, leaves comments like "i don't like his voice." This album is fantastic, and if you're silly enough to jump into it without knowing what you're getting into, you deserve to be disappointed. Expand
  6. Dan(nirv)
    Jul 21, 2006
    It tops New Pornographers' Twin Cinema, Chase HQ? 0h n0 s0n. This is a decent album, but it's no Twin Cinema because he sings a little too much about priests and it's just not catchy like New Pornographers. Expand
  7. laurenw
    Mar 2, 2006
    no words neccessary...

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