Your Blues - Destroyer
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  • Summary: This is the sixth album for the Vancouver, Canada indie rock outfit led by Dan Bejar (also of the New Pornographers).
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Your Blues is some kind of masterpiece, the work of a truly original and iconoclastic talent.
  2. 90
    Schizophrenic, stark, and even with its pretentious theatrics, this is an amazing record. [#9, p.104]
  3. The record's conceptual brilliance lies largely in Bejar's ability to craft deeply moving passages out of ostensibly artificial and contrived elements, subtly suggesting that all music, if not all human expression, is in effect some sort of artifice.
  4. Although the faux strings, drums and horns do feel a bit contrived at points the overwhelming feel is one of ambition rather than pretension.
  5. Whilst Bejar's songs are blessed with mucho rhythm and melody, you should still be made aware that there's no real beat, no real bass, and little that sounds organic. Yet there's still something quite regal and symphonic about it all, the synthesized strings and horns and piano stirring up a romanticism that goes with Bejar's fancy-pants lyricism.
  6. 70
    Destroyer's slickest synthesis yet of ornate hooks and cryptic poetics. [Apr 2004, p.127]
  7. Bejar's shifting style seems like a work in progress, and a lot of these songs are too much of nothing. [17 Mar 2004]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Ed
    Mar 10, 2004
    No one can touch this guy. He's leagues beyond anyone else working in music. Anyone. Unfortunately, like all great artists, he' all but ignored in the popular sphere. Give this one a listen. Bejar's a genius with talent. And then go back and find everything else in his catalogue. Expand
  2. DangerCart
    Dec 5, 2004
    This album is just one of those things you hear when everything is terrific. If you don't absoultely love a good percentage of this album, you've failed as a music fan. There. I said it. I'd say it again if I had to. Expand
  3. billparcels
    Mar 12, 2004
  4. GuyM
    Apr 26, 2004
    fantastic just fantastic and it makes me cry too Votre, Guy.
  5. CodyH
    Aug 4, 2004
    Totally unbelievable. Dan Bejar is truly a genius. For him to create an album so beautiful and moving using such a cold inhuman sonic palette as the MIDI synth is breathtaking. My pick for best album of the year thus far. Expand
  6. QueenieMcFadden
    Mar 17, 2004
    A pure delight! All the nuts synth stuff from the previous records unleashed in greater doses, with some of his most brilliant lyrics to date. "Notorious Lightning" and "New Ways of Living," especially. While it saddens me that Dan Bejar isn't that 'popular' among many in the snotty indie set, it also makes me love the guy for making such bizarre and brilliant music--so bizarre and brilliant, in fact, that most people don't know about him..... Expand
  7. willsleyopen
    Mar 23, 2004