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).
Score distribution:
  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7