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Kaputt

DestroyerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B004DY4Z6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dan Bejar started Destroyer as a solo home-recording project in the early to mid-nineties. Destroyer's two recent limited edition 12-inches, Bay of Pigs and Archer on the Beach, were lauded by critics and sold out in the first month of release. Upon hearing "Bay of Pigs," Pitchfork declared Bejar "a songwriter of the highest order," and The AV Club was one of many outlets to declare the song, "a real epic a meditation on life and love in times of crisis." Kaputt is Destroyer's ninth album. An 8-piece Destroyer orchestra will tour the US beginning in March.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2011 Starts with a Dreamy 80s blast. January 26, 2011
By Trout
Format:MP3 Music
Dan Bejar, the man behind such great acts as The New Pornographers and Destroyer, seems to have gotten lost in 1982. He's made a beautifully time altering album that literally makes me feel I have just walked into a brooding angst ridden teens bedroom in the 1980s with the sweet sounds of jazz sax, synth, and smooth bass. This is just such an amazingly chill album but at the same time makes you feel like breaking out those cheesy dance moves from middle school dances from the 80s. I can't imagine anyone hating this album, easily the best of 2011 so far and it will most likely have a high spot in my end of the year list.

Stand out tracks include -

Savage Night at the Opera
Kaputt
Bay of Pigs

But the rest are in no way filler, give it a listen, get lost, enjoy.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destroyer - Kaputt January 25, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Destroyer's Kaputt is that rare album where you know if you're going to love it in the first two minutes. With that in mind, opener Chinatown is a lush, gorgeous pop gem with a jazzy sway and really brilliant instrumentation that evokes a kind of mid-afternoon in paradise feel. Distant horns, slinky bass, and cavernous drums create a feeling of an endless blue sky, the kind you simply walk underneath until you can't walk another step. Bejar's vocals on the record remind me of a more restrained Torquil Campbell, breathy and highly emotive, and yearning for something that no one can quite describe.

The sound of this record is pure and clean, groovy, jazzy, and totally steeped in melody. The hooks are strong and will pull you into the record in minutes, but the album isn't without a darker edge, as evidenced by the epic closer, Bay of Pigs. The song is rightfully named, evoking the tropical feel of Cuba and pairing it with an ominous, foreboding sound.

It's tough for me to say too much about this album because I'm busy getting sucked back into it as I write. Doubtlessly, this will close out the year as one of the best of 2011. I can't recommend it enough, pick it up.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2xLP Version is Very Necessary :) January 26, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I just received the vinyl version of Kaputt. When I ordered it I was expecting the usual goodies that accompany a $20+ vinyl release: beautiful packaging, good artwork, and a great sounding record. Well I got all of that, and more. In addition to the regular songs that are available on the CD or digital download, it came with over 20 minutes of extra music. Most of it is instrumental, punctuated with occasional vocal flourishes. All of the extra tracks seem like a perfect complement to what is already such a great record. If you love the relaxing production of the main record, then you deserve to hear the rest.

I know this is early, and likely a bit rash... but I'm going to call it album of the year. I know there will be other better known artists releasing big titles this year... like the Strokes, Decemberists, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, etc. The thing is that with all of those artists we can pretty much know what to expect - records which are at least as good or not quite as good as their previous efforts. With Kaputt, Destroyer has not only made music that he hasn't made before, he's made music that I've never heard before (and I've heard a lot of music). This is a seriously good record, and I can't express enough how happy I am about having the vinyl version show up with the extra tracks. I'm sure that in the not too distant future the bonus stuff will be available on a special edition CD or download, but for now the best experience to be had is with the LP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destroyer's Kaputt February 27, 2011
By Gene
Format:MP3 Music
During high school, I was introduced to a plethora of independent bands that diversified from Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective and Destroyer. Among these bands, I didn't really "get" Destroyer. With every yelp, scream and screech that came from Bejar's mouth, it was agonizing to listen to and it formulated an anxious and uncomfortable feeling to my ears . To simply put it, Destroyer was a band that I decided to completely ignore. This all happened in 2006 and I am glad that I decided to give Destroyer another try when the pop-gem single, "Chinatown," was released late last year for their 2011 album, Kaputt.

With over fifteen years of musicianship and ten studio albums, Dan Bejar, the singer-songwriter of Destroyer has accomplished a grandeur at the age of thirty-eight. Kaputt is heavily influenced from the 80's era of music and it becomes evident with each song being jam-packed with dainty new-age synthesizers and lush, smooth jazz saxophone and trumpet solos.

In Kaputt, Bejar has toned down his yelps and screeches and has actually become pleasant and soothing to hear. What makes Bejar's style so distinct among many other musicians is his poetic style in lyrics. Bejar occasionally spits out random Pavement-esque phrases, but does so in an orderly manner.

With the help of Sibel Thrasher, a backup vocalist on Kaputt, her voice shadows Bejar's voice and adds an overall subtle effect. One of the defining moments on this album is "Suicide Note for Kara Walker" -- an eight-minute jewel that carries an ambient, hazy intro and an intimate flute solo that creates a perpetual feeling of despair.

It doesn't take a music critic to know that this album is enjoyable and poppy right off the bat. Take some time and listen to the entirety of this album and you'll be hooked.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I love the lead singer's material from the NP albums
I love the lead singer's material from the NP albums, but this is straight up garbage. The horns with infinite reverb are crap. So sorry I bought this.
Published 22 hours ago by C. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Farewell, dear Bryan...
Seriously; 35 out of 54 reviewers (at this point in time) thought this was a 5 star cd? Dear God, will disco never die? (Thump, thump, thump, apparently not). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Music Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars A lush and dreamy album with sarcastic wit.
One of the best releases of 2011 hands down. What I love about this album basically comes down to texture and atmosphere. Basically, it sounds absolutely gorgeous. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles Camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I love this album. I keep returning to it. It's immediate and a grower, like someone you really love, you keep finding new things to love about it.
Published 8 months ago by Ryan Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Threesome
If Al Stewart, Neil Tennant and Amanda Lear had a threesome (and consequently a baby), he would sound like this guy. Good stuff!!!
Published 8 months ago by J.J. Vargas
5.0 out of 5 stars the most beatufil artwork I've seen in the last few years
truly clean and simple, beautiful packaging. also the music is exceptional, but I already knew that before buying the CD.
Published 10 months ago by Gabor Suhajda
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is nearly impossible to compare to anything else in my music...
I listen to all kinds of music, and this is one of those great albums that's really hard to pin a genre too. Contemporary-soft-jazz-poetry-alternative-rock? Read more
Published 10 months ago by Turtleface
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
Love it, love it, love it!! Heard it on NPR - Canandian Q show. Love it!!! Will buy more of their works.
Published 12 months ago by C. O'connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Generic Reviews
This album really takes me to another place. I don't know where that place is. But it's a happy place and I usually end up sleeping in it.
Published 12 months ago by Matty
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album!!
This is a gorgeous record, "inside and out." I had no idea that it included a whole 20 minutes of songs that you literally cannot get any other way (spotify, cd, etc. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. LaRue
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