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  • Summary: Canadian pop craftsman Daniel Bejar's ninth album combines the glam of David Bowie and the rock and roll of T. Rex into a retro dance soundtrack for disco fans.
  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Synth Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    100
    It's unique and warm and beautiful, as love letters are supposed to be.
  2. If, as the artist himself has recently hinted, Kaputt really does mark the end of Destroyer, then it succeeds as a triumphant swan-song.
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    90
    It feels like Bejar's comfortable with himself – relaxed even – and that feeling saturates the entire album. It's a confidence that makes Kaputt the best Destroyer album in ages.
  4. Mar 4, 2011
    82
    Kaputt's allure fills up glasses with the finest Chablis in a Nagel print–filled room, and lets Bejar's newfound status as King of Hi-Fi unfold in all of its cryptic finery.
  5. Jun 3, 2011
    80
    Unique, captivating stuff. [Jul 2011, p.80]
  6. Jan 24, 2011
    80
    Not all of Kaputt is so dynamic, and many of the songs require a few listens before they begin to assert their individual identities. But Kaputt does contain riches to rival the previous highpoints in the Destroyer canon.
  7. Jan 25, 2011
    60
    Kaputt is eccentric and enjoyable, but it's no Infidels, which is to say it never quite breaks through its sonic limitations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    As of July, this is my favorite album of 2011 by at least one order of magnitude. The same relaxed, funky groove runs throughout the wholeAs of July, this is my favorite album of 2011 by at least one order of magnitude. The same relaxed, funky groove runs throughout the whole record (with the exception of 11-minute closer "Bay of Pigs"), but Dan Bejar finds tons of contrast in his soft rock/disco sound, from the ecstatic "Savage Night at the Opera" to the melancholy "Suicide Demo for Kara Walker." It's Bejar's most gorgeous record, and also his most fun. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2012
    10
    You could tell from 2009's Bay of Pigs EP that Destroyer's next album would be a harsh left turn from his previous one, 2006's excellentYou could tell from 2009's Bay of Pigs EP that Destroyer's next album would be a harsh left turn from his previous one, 2006's excellent Destroyer's Rubies. But with Kaputt, a retro-flavoured quantum leap in his discography, all of Dan Bejar's individual and incredible qualities are augmented to make something startlingly unique and strangely unclassifiable. Its phenomenal cohesion means it will receive criticisms for staying for too long in one place, with only the occasional jump outside its sax-smeared universe, but Kaputt is pulled off so masterfully, with so many subtle elements woven in, that it's not a problem, it's simply a brave artistic choice that has clearly paid off massively. For example, the saxophones that present themselves around every corner: aren't they just the natural extension to Bejar's trademark breathy cynicism? The groovy retro beats and basslines: aren't they the perfect companion to his odd vocal rhythms and rhyme schemes? And the glitzy ambience as found in the title track and elsewhere: isn't it the perfect counterbalance to lines like "chasing cocaine through the back rooms of the world all night"? Not to mention the typically great songwriting, which gives the title track an infectious quality despite it not even having a refrain, and makes way for oddly-structured tracks such as the floaty "Blue Eyes" and the marimba-led 20-minute epic on the vinyl edition, "The Laziest River". But the strongest display of songwriting here must be the album's magnificent 11-minute closer "Bay of Pigs (Detail)" which transforms from a swamp of ambient synths into the most arresting song here, an effortlessly epic moment that only Bejar could pull off in quite the same way, carried by sweeping, romantic lyrics: "A ransom note written on the night sky above / Reminds me what in particular about this wine I love," before building to a satisfying climax of cheering and layered vocals around two minutes from the end, the perfect "happy ending" to an album peppered by socially-conscious anecdotes of death, drugs and whatever else. So yeah, Kaputt isn't about diversity. It's better to think of it just as the perfect execution of a single, brilliant idea. Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    Perfect. I usually don't appreciate this kind of record, I mean, I often find them pleasant to listen to but never get hooked. With Kaputt,Perfect. I usually don't appreciate this kind of record, I mean, I often find them pleasant to listen to but never get hooked. With Kaputt, it's completely different. There's something really smooth and genious here, lyrics, instrumental, everything flows perfectly and the songs are so consistent and beautifully produced that I'm lost for words. Expand
  4. Jan 26, 2011
    9
    It blends genres many may feel are unauthentic- disco, new age (Yanni anyone?) smooth jazz-but under Bejar's steady hand we get someIt blends genres many may feel are unauthentic- disco, new age (Yanni anyone?) smooth jazz-but under Bejar's steady hand we get some beautifully lush grooves that I just can't stop listening to over and over again. Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2014
    9
    Some jazz and some new wave with flutes and weird lyrics... sweet album for every moment of my life... spring, summer, fall or winter, doesn'tSome jazz and some new wave with flutes and weird lyrics... sweet album for every moment of my life... spring, summer, fall or winter, doesn't matter... Expand
  6. Feb 23, 2011
    9
    Sometimes the songs on an album just seem to effortlessly, almost seamlessly, come together where the whole is at least as significant as theSometimes the songs on an album just seem to effortlessly, almost seamlessly, come together where the whole is at least as significant as the sum of its parts. And sometimes an album simply washes over you and manages to sink in just enough where the only thing that saves you from withdrawal is the "repeat" button. For me, this latest Destroyer effort is both of these things. 'Kaputt' has a decidedly smooth, jazzy feel that recalls a bit of early '80s Roxy Music or even Steely Dan, but with new production and mixing techniques and Bejar's distinctive voice. Read my full review here: http://www.altinterstate.com/2011/01/album-review-destroyer-kaputt.html Expand
  7. Feb 1, 2011
    6
    Here's the thing about destroyer's new album. It's good. It's not great, but it's good. Personally, I find the album to be kind of one note.Here's the thing about destroyer's new album. It's good. It's not great, but it's good. Personally, I find the album to be kind of one note. There is a carefree stride throughout this album, and it will keep you listening for a while. Standout tracks are suicide demo for kara walker and the album title. Also, the sax is awesome, but is ruined because he puts it in every goddamn song. Expand

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