- Summary: Dan Bejar's seventh Destroyer record is as lyrically dense as ever, but marks a shift to a full-band, guitar-oriented sound after 2004's more eclectic 'Your Blues.'
- Record Label: Merge
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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SpinHooky, spare, and lush all at once. [Mar 2006, p.95]
Jan 31, 2021Can’t pretend to be anywhere near knowledgeable enough about music to critique this album. In my eyes, it’s a timeless one with an amazinglyCan’t pretend to be anywhere near knowledgeable enough about music to critique this album. In my eyes, it’s a timeless one with an amazingly rich sound. It’s also among my favourite records. The word play remains as enigmatic as ever, but it’s really the fullness, depth and soul of the songs, individually, and feeling of the album as a whole that make Rubies special for me. Some very talented musicians were recorded at the peak of their game, no more than Mr Bejar, himself. This might be a little indulgent for some, but for me it straddles perfection… Expand
TBoneMar 11, 2006If starting with this and trying to figure out the hype, I'd start with 3000 Flowers and Your Blood. I was torn on first listen whether If starting with this and trying to figure out the hype, I'd start with 3000 Flowers and Your Blood. I was torn on first listen whether this was contrived BS or really really good. After a few weeks, I say the latter. And I keep wanting to listen to it. And on top of that I'm not a New Pornographers fan or fan of Canadian music in general. I give this a 10 because it's hard for me to figure out how this won't end up in my top 5 for the year, not because it's the next Pavement.… Expand
AnthonyJun 28, 2006Stupendous album! All the tracks are great! For the people who claim Bejar's voice sucks, they have never heard Dylan.
ErikMar 3, 2006The best album of 2006 so far. (March 3rd) Worthy of multiple listens. Strikingly original.
codedelphiJun 11, 2006As a person who often buys music on impulse based upon metacritic ratings, I purchased this without knowing what I was getting myself into. As a person who often buys music on impulse based upon metacritic ratings, I purchased this without knowing what I was getting myself into. Also, as a 'metacritic' purchaser I approach all music I purchase with an open mind and am very rarely disappointed. This album continues that trend. A great album that simply gets better and better with replays. Like a good wine it gets deeper into your veins with each playing, the result being a pleasant warm glow rather than the immediate adrenaline hit of more accessible music!… Expand
rtJan 9, 2008Despite strong musicality, this is generally a below average effort. Almost every song features the same wordless vocal interlude of 'ya Despite strong musicality, this is generally a below average effort. Almost every song features the same wordless vocal interlude of 'ya la la la la la.' Another stylistic bit to be featured over and over (and over and over) is his tendency to deliver long, unrhymed lines, until finally speed-reading a paragraph over instruments swelling to a fever pitch in the background. Usually this is immediately followed by one of the 'ya da la la' sequences. Both these techniques are effective when used occasionally. Unfortunately, they both occur way too often to be anything other than embarrassing.… Expand
laurenwMar 2, 2006no words neccessary...
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