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  • Summary: The 12th full-length release for the Canadian indie rock band led by Dan Bejar was produced and mixed by John Collins.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
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  1. Jan 31, 2020
    85
    Compared to 2017’s ken, a gothic-sounding record distinguished by chillier tones and pared-down lyrics, his masterful new album Have We Met sets a larger canvas. Produced by bandmate John Collins, the music is sweeping and bold and surprising.
  2. 83
    Have We Met, though perhaps less ambitious than Destroyer’s best work, is nevertheless their freshest and most enjoyable record in years.
  3. Jan 27, 2020
    80
    Bejar the enigmatic, drunken poet has for several Destroyer albums now taken a back seat to Bejar the singer and bandleader. And while the singing on Have We Met remains tastefully restrained, lyrically there are glimpses of the younger, brasher Bejar here.
  4. Mojo
    Jan 27, 2020
    80
    The good news is that Have We Met shares melodic strengths with his previous high-water marks. [Mar 2020, p.88]
  5. Feb 4, 2020
    80
    Have We Met is an album to recommend to those who want the meat and potatoes of what the project is about; it could've been self-titled.
  6. Rolling Stone
    Feb 3, 2020
    70
    His wry lyrics ("You're looking good in spite of the light") add an uncanny whimsy. [Feb 2020, p.85]
  7. Jan 27, 2020
    60
    It's a surprisingly spotty album from an artist who rarely puts a foot wrong.

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  1. Jan 31, 2020
    9
    Dan Bejar's best work transports you to a nocturnal world where he acts as a wry guide with whom you float drunkenly through the night. ThisDan Bejar's best work transports you to a nocturnal world where he acts as a wry guide with whom you float drunkenly through the night. This is an album made for headphones and a rainy evening. The songs are consistent in mood, and the standout tracks are among the best of his career. The singles, and especially "It Just Doesn't Happen" set a high bar for the album, but standouts like "the Raven" easily are up to the task of keeping up with that writing. Few artists this far into their careers come up with music this great, Bejar is a treasure. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2020
    8
    The only thing consistent about Destroyer’s releases; they’re always great. Another inspiring addition to the Dan Bejar and co’s wonderful andThe only thing consistent about Destroyer’s releases; they’re always great. Another inspiring addition to the Dan Bejar and co’s wonderful and diverse discography. Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2020
    7
    More often than not Destroyer's poeticism is what's carrying the songs on this latest album. The backing instrumentals are kind of hit or missMore often than not Destroyer's poeticism is what's carrying the songs on this latest album. The backing instrumentals are kind of hit or miss otherwise. But if your'e looking for a sort of episodic love story rich with details and hidden meanings to unpack left and right then I highly recommend giving this one a shot. Expand