Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 25, 2013
    60
    Not surprisingly, Luque, a verbose and enigmatic lyricist, is the perfect match for Bejar (they're also both hirsute rock & roll outliers), and the five-track collection requires little in the way of translation.
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    79
    Five Spanish Songs never feels like an vanity-project indulgence, but rather a clear, concerted effort on Bejar’s part to communicate why Luque’s songs are so special to him.
  3. Bejar has a wondrous lyrical facility that it’d be a shame for him to forsake--but he’s also possessed of a beguiling, breezy touch that acts as a musical lingua franca here.
  4. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Whether or not you require Google's assistance in understanding said lyrics shouldn't affect your enjoyment here as a fan of Bejar's singular touch.
  5. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    Regardless of their supporting tropes, the songs prove themselves consistently memorable and enjoyable. It’s another home run for Bejar--an all-too-short taster that will leave you dreaming of Spain’s mountains and deserts, and longing for more.
  6. 80
    It’s simply a beautiful little record that anyone can enjoy.
  7. Dec 6, 2013
    75
    Five Spanish Songs is clearly more than a mere genre exercise--it’s a respectful, and very much tuneful, tip of the cap from one songwriter to another, which transcends language.
  8. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    Bejar’s singing with admitted half-fluency in another language is no barrier to enjoyment. Actually, it removes an element of his style that can frustrate some of us.
  9. Dec 18, 2013
    70
    Bejar's fans will clearly identify his unique musical fingerprint, and may have no clearer understanding of these songs than anything else in Destroyer's incomprehensively wonderful pop oeuvre in the King's English. [No. 105, p.54]
  10. Nov 25, 2013
    70
    Mr. Bejar’s versions of Mr. Luque’s songs--“Maria de las Nieves,” “Del Monton,” “El Rito,” “Babieca,” and “Bye Bye”--are a little more down at the heels than the Sr. Chinarro originals, but they’re honest covers of lovely songs, sung with care.
  11. Nov 25, 2013
    60
    Five Spanish Songs is satisfying enough for its 20-minute runtime, but it definitely lacks the heft of his recent work; without his distinctive lyrics, it doesn't really feel like proper Destroyer.
  12. Dec 16, 2013
    80
    He’s brought the whole Destroyer vibe to an entirely non-Destroyer set of material, and you can feel the waves of cool detachment, of stylish artifice wafting off these tunes just the same as always.
  13. Dec 2, 2013
    60
    [A] sumptuous five track EP that's as melodious as its predecessor but, semi-sadly, not as memorable, not quite as fulfilling, nor as enriching.
  14. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Detroyer missteps are rare, and while Five Spanish Songs won’t go down as one of his most memorable albums (even the title implies this is a somewhat tossed-off diversion), it shows that he can continue to take risks and create albums that both placate and challenge his listeners.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 26, 2013
    8
    Dan Behar is one of those cool guys that comes up with really good and qualitative music just when you think you might have heard the last ofDan Behar is one of those cool guys that comes up with really good and qualitative music just when you think you might have heard the last of him. Personally, I intend to follow his career wherever he takes it, and hopefully it will continue to be as rewarding as it has been in the past. I love these Spanish songs!!! Too bad this wasn't a proper full album (as they call them). Full Review »