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  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • 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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,039 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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30 of 33 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
Bay of Pigs

But the rest are in no way filler, give it a listen, get lost, enjoy.
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27 of 30 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Powell on January 27, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
This may be the disc that puts Dan Bejar on the map as not just a mad musical genius who creates indie rock for music geeks (like myself) and occasionally records and plays with the New Pornographers, but as an artist who is on the verge of envisioning the way music might sound in this current decade.

Kaputt is almost certain at this stage of the game to be on many Best of 2011 lists and rightly so. It is an immaculately produced gem that really can't be compared to anything that has been released in the last 25 years. You can compare it to Avalon or Aja, and yes, it is that well-produced and incorporates jazzy flourishes like trumpet, sax, female backing vocals, ambient sounds and fretless bass. But it would be too easy to say it sounds like something else. It has a sound that is retro yet extremely modern. One thing it does not sound like is any of Destroyer's eight albums before it.

Like all of Destroyer's classics, like Streethawk: A Seduction and Rubies, Kaputt borrows from the past, but incorporates past styles into a style that is undeniably the sound of Destroyer. Bejar's voice is in top form here - always passionate, he has toned down to fit the style of the album, and his vocals I have to say are beautiful. Bejar is enhanced by Sibel Thrasher, who provides spine-tingling melodies on Blue Eyes and Downtown. The intro to Blue Eyes alone is pure musical bliss.

The trumpet and sax flourishes work to create a tapestry along with the driving bass and striking guitar solos by Destroyer stalwart Nicolas Bragg. This is a headphone album and you will hear sounds on repeated listens that you never heard the first time around. There is so much musical interplay going on in the title track and Suicide Demo for Kara Walker I just listen amazed.
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