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"Bejar often draws comparisons to the late, great Marc Bolan and David Bowie, mainly due to his high, nasal voice. But lately, Destroyer's arrangements only mildly hint at stardust memories ... blurring of bluesy folk, pop, and lo-fi indie rock." -- Billboard

"Destroyer is the `bandonym' of singer-songwriter Dan Bejar. Bejar is part of the critically acclaimed Canadian group The New Pornographers. But... Destroyer is almost as well-loved by critics." -- NPR

"Dan Bejar graces us with another hybrid glam-folk explosion ... canned electronic horns, schoolyard hand-claps, and doo-wop-style backing vocals are methodically strewn across 12 of Bejar's most consistent compositions to date to create an enchanting view into the world of one of the most enigmatic figures in indie rock." -- PopMatters

"Gee, ain't love grand? Were it not for love, the world would be a grayer, grimmer place, a place devoid of Mates of State, Sonny & Cher, and t.A.t.U. Thank love as well for bringing to life Hello Blue Roses-- the new project from Destroyer/New Pornographer/Swan Laker Dan Bejar and girlfriend/visual artist/Bonaparte bandleader (more on that later) Sydney Vermont/Hermant. Thank love and, well, boredom." -- Pitchfork

The sweetheart duo of Dan Bejar (Destroyer, New Pornographers) and visual artist/former Toronto Children's Choir girl Sydney Vermont have tied the knot around a timeless singer-songwriter album with their thirteen-track, self-titled debut. Hello Blue Roses folds the gentlest details of the last few decades together, drawing on everything from an unabashed love of '80s AOR à la Prefab Sprout to prime Aquarian-age femme folk of the '60s and '70s to create an infectious, readymade classic.

Hello Blue Roses is the debut musical collaboration between Dan Bejar and his girlfriend, the talented and renowned visual artist Sydney Vermont. Perhaps it's not really fair, when listening, to think of Bejar's phenomenal prior work with his band, Destroyer, and the side projects Swan Lake and the New Pornographers. If only this were another obscure folk record on the awesome Locust label, one might give it a more fair shake. As it stands, Bejar's warm, odd voice does not jibe well with the voice of the former Toronto Children's Choir singer. Hers occupies a far higher register, somewhere between those of Kate Bush and Regina Spektor. But it's more than that. Trained voices do not always mesh well with messy, untrained indie-rock singing. (Notable exceptions include CocoRosie and Will Oldham's album, Sings Greatest Palace Music, with Nashville session musicians.) The pretty "Shadow Falls" recalls the electronic sounds of the 1980s, and Bejar and Vermont duet very well on this song suited to the whispery, restrained vocals of both. Elsewhere, though, on the album's '70s folk-poppy tunes, their vocals clash more often than not. --Mike McGonigal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hello Blue Roses
  2. Scarecrow
  3. Paquita Reads By Candlelight
  4. Shadow Falls
  5. Heron Song
  6. St. Angela
  7. Coming Through Imposture
  8. Golden Fruit
  9. Come Darkness
  10. Sunny Skies
  11. Mediterranean Snow
  12. Skeleton Aim
  13. Sickly Star
  14. Hymn

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Locust
  • ASIN: B00114XLQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I bought this album just on the strength of the self-titled track, "Hello, Blue Roses". At first, I wasn't sure the other tracks lived up to the example of that first track, but I like the album more each time I come back to it. Most albums get boring with repetition, but this is one that becomes more interesting as you listen more.
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This is obviously not the sellers fault, but I was disappointed with the CD packaging design. I had assumed a better packaging would come with such a phenomenal disc!
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