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  • Summary: Canadian pop craftsman Daniel Bejar's ninth album combines the glam of David Bowie and the rock and roll of T. Rex into a retro dance soundtrack for disco fans.
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  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Synth Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    100
    It's unique and warm and beautiful, as love letters are supposed to be.
  2. Jan 26, 2011
    92
    If, as the artist himself has recently hinted, Kaputt really does mark the end of Destroyer, then it succeeds as a triumphant swan-song.
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    90
    It feels like Bejar's comfortable with himself – relaxed even – and that feeling saturates the entire album. It's a confidence that makes Kaputt the best Destroyer album in ages.
  4. Mar 4, 2011
    82
    Kaputt's allure fills up glasses with the finest Chablis in a Nagel print–filled room, and lets Bejar's newfound status as King of Hi-Fi unfold in all of its cryptic finery.
  5. Uncut
    Jun 3, 2011
    80
    Unique, captivating stuff. [Jul 2011, p.80]
  6. Jan 24, 2011
    80
    Not all of Kaputt is so dynamic, and many of the songs require a few listens before they begin to assert their individual identities. But Kaputt does contain riches to rival the previous highpoints in the Destroyer canon.
  7. Jan 25, 2011
    60
    Kaputt is eccentric and enjoyable, but it's no Infidels, which is to say it never quite breaks through its sonic limitations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    As of July, this is my favorite album of 2011 by at least one order of magnitude. The same relaxed, funky groove runs throughout the wholeAs of July, this is my favorite album of 2011 by at least one order of magnitude. The same relaxed, funky groove runs throughout the whole record (with the exception of 11-minute closer "Bay of Pigs"), but Dan Bejar finds tons of contrast in his soft rock/disco sound, from the ecstatic "Savage Night at the Opera" to the melancholy "Suicide Demo for Kara Walker." It's Bejar's most gorgeous record, and also his most fun. Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2015
    10
    Takes 3 or 4 close listens to reap all of its melodic rewards, but this has now sped up into my all time favourite records. A warm delightTakes 3 or 4 close listens to reap all of its melodic rewards, but this has now sped up into my all time favourite records. A warm delight from beggining to end. Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    Perfect. I usually don't appreciate this kind of record, I mean, I often find them pleasant to listen to but never get hooked. With Kaputt,Perfect. I usually don't appreciate this kind of record, I mean, I often find them pleasant to listen to but never get hooked. With Kaputt, it's completely different. There's something really smooth and genious here, lyrics, instrumental, everything flows perfectly and the songs are so consistent and beautifully produced that I'm lost for words. Expand
  4. Feb 3, 2011
    9
    I was never a fan of smooth rock from the 80s, but Dan Bejar has re-constructed that vibe to near perfection. This is phenomenal album withI was never a fan of smooth rock from the 80s, but Dan Bejar has re-constructed that vibe to near perfection. This is phenomenal album with excellent songwriting. Michael Bolton should be taking notes. Expand
  5. Jun 8, 2015
    9
    It's hard to come by an album with such pristine and smooth layers. It feels as if Dan Bejar found heaven in a room and recorded the entireIt's hard to come by an album with such pristine and smooth layers. It feels as if Dan Bejar found heaven in a room and recorded the entire album there. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2011
    9
    The critics are right. This album is the hottest listen out there right now. the mellow music with sax do not take away from Behar'sThe critics are right. This album is the hottest listen out there right now. the mellow music with sax do not take away from Behar's original sound, they enhance it. The lyrics are so cool. This is one I will go back to many, many times -- sometimes an album needs to have repeated listens to appreciate it, but this album just takes one listen !!! Get it! Expand
  7. Feb 1, 2011
    6
    Here's the thing about destroyer's new album. It's good. It's not great, but it's good. Personally, I find the album to be kind of one note.Here's the thing about destroyer's new album. It's good. It's not great, but it's good. Personally, I find the album to be kind of one note. There is a carefree stride throughout this album, and it will keep you listening for a while. Standout tracks are suicide demo for kara walker and the album title. Also, the sax is awesome, but is ruined because he puts it in every goddamn song. Expand

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