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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
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  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. Destroyer’s Rubies is every bit as marvelous as his landmark Streethawk: A Seduction.
  4. Destroyer’s Rubies is one of those rare albums whose literary value is so compelling as to make any imperfections simply blend in as an essential part of the storyline.
  5. Bejars songs have, in the past, sometimes seemed like vehicles for his lyrics, yet with Destroyer’s Rubies he seems to have made peace with the musical element of his work as well.
  6. It feels like an event: grand, sumptuous, sometimes seductive.
  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
    10
    (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 (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
    10
    no words necessary...
  3. DavidH
    Jun 8, 2006
    10
    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 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
    9
    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 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
    9
    And thus a new class of music listeners is born - the metacritic dilettante. He believes that universal acclaim translates into universal 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
    6
    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 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
    0
    no words neccessary...

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