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Destroyer's Rubies

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000E1158G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vancouver's Dan Bejar returns with his sixth full-length under the moniker Destroyer. As expected, it's a thoroughly unexpected collection of clever pop music that takes no prisoners. "Destroyer's Rubies" weaves a narrative of loves won and lost, missed opportunities, and artistic integrity familiar to Destroyer fans. Bejar's Dylanesque flair for biting wit and his nods to the glamorous and bombastic folk approach of early T-Rex and Bowie distance Destroyer from the more straightforward pop of his other band, The New Pornographers, without sacrificing any of the tunefulness of that band's approach. Merge. 2006.

Updating AM radio's finer country-rock moments, Destroyer's Rubies showcases a new trend for Destroyer fans--the full-band, ensemble approach. The album succeeds when could-seem contrived Nashville-inspired themes and sounds (baritone saxophones, electric pianos, quoting Jim Reeves) mingle with full melodies and New Pornographer contributor Dan Bejar's self-styled lyrical phrasing. Happily, this results in a music that's totally appealing. Standouts are "European Oils," featuring some of the most gorgeously layered guitar runs and one of the best solos Bejar's recorded yet; "Painter in Your Pocket," a lovely, thoughtful, pure-pop exploration; and opener "Rubies," a song that's all at once soaring and antiphonal as well as introverted in its demo-recorded coda. The album reveals a spectrum of moods without chaos: There's ballsy rocker "3000 Flowers," breezy The Sea and Cake-at-their-finest "Watercolours into the Ocean," and grandiose psychedelia à la Buffalo Springfield on "Sick Priest Learns to Live Forever." In drawing on the theatrical, macro-orchestrations reminiscent of Scott Walker and expanding on the slapdash, quirky, musical humor of the Red Krayola's Mayo Thompson, this album reaches another peak for Bejar and is one of Destroyer's best works yet. --Gabi Knight

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically, unimaginably good February 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I will honestly say that out of the 50+ albums I heard last year, had this come out 3 months earlier, it would've been in the top 2 (it's a tough choice between this & Sufjan Stevens, although I prefer this). Following the mediocre-to-good release of Your Blues in 2004, I never would have guessed that Destroyer had the capacity to create an album such as this. Dan Bejar, co-lyricist for the ground-breaking power pop band The New Pornographers, along with his bandmates, differ remarkably in texture & purpose from that of the New Porn's; the dense, baroque pop feel is still there, but subdued by the extravagence of the instrumentation. Bejar's vision, as we've seen to a lesser extent on Your Blues, leans toward the avant-garde, a series of formless songs with expert lyricism that he sings over the full instrumentation with the seeming spontaneity of some great 60's jazz-- Andrew Hill's piano or Miles Davis's Jack-Johnson-era trumpet.

The major source of improvement comes from the band itself. Whereas earlier the band backed up Bejar with more constraint, now the band comes forth as wonderfully as Bejar. An album like Rubies comes from the expertise of every single player and, no doubt, the producer (Bejar? I didn't look). The piano and other keyboard instruments are a noteworthy improvement. Like Neutral Milk Hotel's "Aeroplane..." or Okkervil River's brilliant album "Down the River..." Rubies is a swirl of captivating instrumentation and lyrics that listeners can ponder over for years, an epic sort of album where the tracks wind together without explicit conceptual refrains (as in NMH's "Aeroplane...").

It's worth noting that Destroyer recently collaborated with the like-minded, but harder-edged avant-rock group Frog Eyes on a reworking of selections from Your Blues.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the effin' maniac July 4, 2006
By Piehole
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Prior to this release, I was only familiar with Dan Bejar through the New Pornographers. To me his contributions there, while lyrically and musically interesting, seemed a bit distractive vocally. In Destroyer, Bejar is in his own element and has developed his own style. In this setting, we get a complete set of songs that are not in competition with other songwriters and singers. On Destroyer's Rubies, this focused attention reveals much complexity and range. The song arrangements couldn't be better. Some are minimally orchestrated, some have horns, most have piano, organ and rhodes-like keyboards, but all arrangements seem to achieve the songs' greatest potential. Bejar touches on musical styles as diverse as Motown ("Dangerous Woman..."), hippie classic rock a la Deja Vu-era CSNY ("Sick Priest Learns..."), power pop ("3000 Flowers"), and the indie rock of Pavement/Malkmus ("Your Blood" and "Priest's Knees").

Admittedly, Bejar's singing is not for everyone. It wasn't for me initially - but I'm among the converted now. His vocal delivery is kinda half spoken, half sung as Dylan or Lou Reed tends to be; Bejar is perhaps more over the top in his articulation and emotion. Besides his vocal delivery, the tone and quality of his voice is somewhat like Bowie's. I would think most readers who ended up here are open minded enough to get over any initial objections to the vocals. There is too much to like to dismiss it on vocals alone.

The lyrics are weird, ambiguous, and clever. Bejar slyly borrows many lyrical phrases and titles from other artists and puts them into a different melody and context. With almost each new listen, I discover new references and quotations. (he name checks Proud Mary, refers to a golden slumber, uses "I couldn't bare to...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Bejar..A lyrical madman March 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In this latest release by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar one finds a very driving pop gem. Each album since the start of his output has had significantly different approaches in musical styles, this never more obvious than in the last album, Your Blues, where every song is drenched in cheap keyboards and soaring melodies. Destroyer's Rubies (Which of course is one of the many references he makes to himself throughout the album) treads a little bit of familiar ground in that it has the pop structures of the album, Streekhawk:a Seduction, but of course with an absolutely fresh vocal and guitar delivery. Bejar's voice sounds as strong as ever, thickly recorded and appropriately amped up when needed to match the distorted guitars (The heaviest since, This Night). For Bejar followers this is definitely a pleasing release. One might find themselves singing along to "Painter in Your Pocket", having undoubtedly the catchiest chorus on the record or nodding to the sweet piano rhythm and fantastic Bejar one liners on "European Oil".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bold, Beautiful and Way Out October 25, 2006
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When Dan Bejar says in "Priest's Knees" that "I was another west coast maximalist exploring the blues", he is only partially having the listener on. By West Coast, he means Vancover which is hardly the sun and fun Amercian audiences associate with the golden coast. And he is hardly just another musician. But the rest just might hold up. Okay maybe not the blues part

Maximalist is certainly apparent however. The instrumentation augments the rock band set-up with pianos, trumpets, and saxaphones. That it never sounds cluttered is quite acchievement. But it is a big sound. Everything seems to be in wide screen and right up front. And while it may not be the blues as we know it, it does mix up country, rock, folk, and, even, prog into something sonically unique. You can call it ramshackle but never sterile. It rollicks, rocks, and swings. (And by damn if it doesn't start to feel like a sea chanty by the time you hit the chorus of Looter's Follies.) For all its outre elements, there is a pop backbone that keeps it all so grounded. Which is a good thing considering the cryptic lyrics.

While all the songs can be seen as being love songs of a sort, Bejar just can't help embroidering them with surreal characters, abstract images, smartass footnotes, and confessional asides. It starts to feel like an epic from an alternate world. It is so easy to get lost in these tone poems. Drawing as much from Dylan as any number of cult rock figures (From Malkmus all the way down to T-Rex), these lyrics are shamelessly literate and often clever. It should be mentioned that they are incredibly insular and delivered in nasal voice that flirts with all sorts of theatrics. They will be the deal breaker for those not already familiar with Bejar's methods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars its destroyer. of course i love it.
blue flower, blue flame
a woman by another name, is not a woman
i'd tell you, what i mean by this
but maybe not in seconds flat, maybe never!
Published 11 months ago by Boney Maroney
5.0 out of 5 stars Tall Ships Made of Snow
One time I played "Watercolours into the Ocean" for someone and they thought it sounded like a 70s lounge song. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Beelzebub666
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Buscemi sings...
This definitely is not my type of music, but it was pretty cool sounding. Unfortunately what throws this whole album off for me, is the vision of Steve Buscemi standing behind the... Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by The Impaler
4.0 out of 5 stars The light went on when I read the lyrics
First listen: Not all that great, some interesting moments, the guy cops Dylan, the music moves around too much, often a sign of pretension. Read more
Published on October 26, 2007 by Thinline
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheers to the last CD
Great music, no doubt about that one and not much one can add to the rave reviews. Cheers to that!

This CD however comes with copy-protection that makes you unable to... Read more
Published on June 11, 2007 by R. Haraldsson
4.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking Album
This is simply a groundbreaking thoroughly distinct album. The taste is acquired but you simply can't deny its genius
Published on January 12, 2007 by Kevin Mclain
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique
A very unique sound that is unlike any other band. It is nice to hear something so original and not just a copy of someone elses style. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by K. John
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you're in the mood.
This album is a bit more accessible than previous works by Destroyer. I find I have to be a bit more in the mood for it as the album as a whole is very much the same. Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by J. Renard
5.0 out of 5 stars Bejar is a genius
Taking a departure from the theatrical show that was 2004's Your Blues, Dan Bejar makes a bit of a return to his earlier, acoustic work here while at the same time maintaining the... Read more
Published on October 21, 2006 by S. Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of like Dylan -at a stage, to a point.
You might think I'm nuts, but Destroyer's Rubies reminds me of Bob Dylan's 1965 masterpiece album, Highway 61 Revisited. First, the music. Read more
Published on October 3, 2006 by William Krischke
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