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  • Summary: Dan Bejar, the New Pornographer member, releases his ninth album.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Destroyer has clearly picked up where it left off and the music on this eleven song album is utterly exceptional.
  2. Destroyer sounds focused as a band this time out, but there's an uneasiness at play in songs that tend to wander.
  3. The grandness Sheff describes is all over Trouble in Dreams like a paint polish, and 'The State' is the only instance in which it falls a bit flat.
  4. Many, many gosh-darn dudes go in for the "vaguely weird indie-rock music with oblique lyrics" schtick, and yet it's still an utter joy to hear Dan Bejar do it.
  5. Trouble In Dreams is full of amazing poetic adventures which could never flourish in the harsh light of the public eye.
  6. Though it has its strong and weak points, Trouble In Dreams will no doubt receive well-deserved commendation. As a whole, however, it is the result of a grand but imperfect design (which, as we all know, has merit of its own).
  7. {Bejar's] fondness for drenching songs in production so muddy that they end up as little more than smears of noise. [May 2008, p.130]

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  1. HK
    Mar 18, 2008
    One of the best releases of the year. The Blender review is complete crap - obviously they don't know what they're talking about. This album is not like Destroyer's Rubies in the least bit. The tracks are a little more accessible this time around, and a notable complexity is developing in Bejar's tunes and lyrics. Expand
  2. GeneB.
    Mar 22, 2008
    H K said it best - some of these critics seem to take Bejar's lyrical playfulness as a personal insult to their intelligence. The music is beautiful and complex. Expand
  3. ComoxDave
    Mar 18, 2008
    1st listen weird, 2nd listen hmm, 3rd listen wow!
  4. Sean
    Apr 23, 2008
    The overall metacritic score has it right. Not as great as the previous Destroyer record, but better than most of the music out there now.
  5. Jeremy
    Apr 19, 2008
    It's okay. Almost completely hit and miss the whole way through. "Foam Hands" is easily the best track. And you're high if you think this is better than "Destroyer's Rubies" (I'm looking at you, Hartford Courant). Expand
  6. jyotirmayaD.
    Apr 29, 2008
    I like this album a little better than "Rubies" because it doesn't use the same chord refrains throughout the whole of the album as "rubies" did. It was almost like all of the songs had the same music. Now with "Trouble..." we get a more pin-pointed variegated sound, but we don't get any of the lush arrangements which made "Rubies" so damn good to listen to. I am going to have to go to my itunes and create a mix of the two albums and compile one excellent album to my liking. And I am happy that I can do that !!! Expand
  7. MattA.
    Mar 20, 2008
    Have to agree with the cokemachineglow counterpoint (although not quite to that extent). Rubies was Bejar's best album just because of the instrumentation. This album reverts back to, like the aforementioned review said, what he has always done, and it is just isn't that interesting or listenable. And yes, his "la la la la" choruses make me want to cut my ears off. Expand

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