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Kaputt

Kaputt

January 25, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 50:04
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  • ASIN: B004I2GDZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,235 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This seems to be very at-odds with the soothing sound of the music, which is what makes everything resonate so much more.
Charles Camp
In addition to the regular songs that are available on the CD or digital download, it came with over 20 minutes of extra music.
Scott R Wheeler
To be honest, Destroyer was never really on my radar until this album and now I can fully say that I am definitely a fan.
Ryan Estabrooks

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on 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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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Trout on January 26, 2011
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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Scott R Wheeler on 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 By Gene on February 27, 2011
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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