Destroyer's Rubies

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 118 Ratings

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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. Spin
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    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: 54 out of 73
  2. Negative: 10 out of 73
  1. Mar 2, 2016
    10
    It's very difficult to not love this album after the first listen. But is practically impossible to do it after a few more. It's perfect, DanIt's very difficult to not love this album after the first listen. But is practically impossible to do it after a few more. It's perfect, Dan Bejar really knows how to balance a song, with good melodies, rhythms and an excellent songwriting. Every song hear has its own personality but they also contribute to make the album work as a whole. A very good listen for anyone who likes indie-rock but an excellent listen for the ones that like how this music can change its form and evolve into something else. Expand
  2. RogerS
    Mar 6, 2006
    10
    Vancouver sound? Is there such a thing? I heard this one was good so I tried it and liked it on the first listen. This is music to be Vancouver sound? Is there such a thing? I heard this one was good so I tried it and liked it on the first listen. This is music to be creative with. I wanted to get my "watercolours" out and paint. There is poetry in this and sort of like My Morning Jacket or music for independance. Music that just sounds really good. Expand
  3. mr.hankey
    Jun 12, 2006
    10
    The album is the best of the year so far channeling past Cat Power and others. For all the hype this year ( Artic Monkeys ) this is the album The album is the best of the year so far channeling past Cat Power and others. For all the hype this year ( Artic Monkeys ) this is the album that deserves it. Being so unique and creative is not a bad thing just ask Dan Bejar himself. For this is a triumph in independent music because so far this year I had not found anything equivalent to my top five of last year but looks like we've got a match. Rubies is a brilliant track that stands out lyrically and musically because it is so experimental. The songs go as if they are a story of truth and bold meaning. Overall the best album of the year!!! ( so far ). Also if you like this album Twin Cinema is recommended because as everyone knows Dan Bejar worked with the New Pornographers. It definitely deserves the rating! Expand
  4. Erik
    Mar 3, 2006
    9
    The best album of 2006 so far. (March 3rd) Worthy of multiple listens. Strikingly original.
  5. codedelphi
    Jun 11, 2006
    9
    As a person who often buys music on impulse based upon metacritic ratings, I purchased this without knowing what I was getting myself into. As a person who often buys music on impulse based upon metacritic ratings, I purchased this without knowing what I was getting myself into. Also, as a 'metacritic' purchaser I approach all music I purchase with an open mind and am very rarely disappointed. This album continues that trend. A great album that simply gets better and better with replays. Like a good wine it gets deeper into your veins with each playing, the result being a pleasant warm glow rather than the immediate adrenaline hit of more accessible music! Expand
  6. rt
    Jan 9, 2008
    6
    Despite strong musicality, this is generally a below average effort. Almost every song features the same wordless vocal interlude of 'ya Despite strong musicality, this is generally a below average effort. Almost every song features the same wordless vocal interlude of 'ya la la la la la.' Another stylistic bit to be featured over and over (and over and over) is his tendency to deliver long, unrhymed lines, until finally speed-reading a paragraph over instruments swelling to a fever pitch in the background. Usually this is immediately followed by one of the 'ya da la la' sequences. Both these techniques are effective when used occasionally. Unfortunately, they both occur way too often to be anything other than embarrassing. Expand
  7. laurenw
    Mar 2, 2006
    0
    no words neccessary...

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