Kaputt - Destroyer
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Universal acclaim- based on 81 Ratings

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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: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  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. This is how the pleasure principle feels to an alienated unbeliever resigned to engaging the world on his own perverse terms.
  5. Jun 8, 2011
    80
    Kaputt expresses the Vancouverite's fastidious Anglophilia, rustling up '80s pop opulence while maintaining a scruffy bohemian cred. [July 2011, p. 111]
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    Sure it's a little pretentious, but poetic license feels more like a savage gift in Bejar's hands. [Year End 2010, p.69]
  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: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    Kaputt is a record like no other. Each track is beautifully written and crafted together perfectly. I have no complaint for this record. It'sKaputt is a record like no other. Each track is beautifully written and crafted together perfectly. I have no complaint for this record. It's flawless. It's some of the smoothest music I've listened too in quite sometime. It's a delight to listen to and it gets better each time I listen too it. All In All, Kaputt is an important record that needs not to be missed. A 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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