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On November 26, Destroyer will release Five Spanish Songs, an EP of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA [Wea 1-Stop Account]
  • ASIN: 5552576128
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The way I see it, either you will love this album or you will hate it.
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It seems like they wanted to shake away all of the Bowie comparisons, and they did a great job of it while maintaining their style and distinct sound.
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Probably a little more difficult to get into than Streethawk, but after about the 4th or 5th listen, I found it more rewarding.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By junkmedia on February 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Destroyer may sound like it's a Trent Reznor side-project or the Kiss cover band that invades your local watering hole once a month, but let me assure you that it isn't anything of the sort. Instead, it is the nom de plume of enigmatic Canadian singer/songwriter Daniel Bejar, who has been quietly raising brows and engaging Vancouverites with his oddly constructed songs full of cryptic poetics for nearly six years. Unfortunately, I didn't become aware of his talents until stumbling upon his fourth album, last year's brilliant Streethawk: A Seduction, which fused a glammy T. Rex/Bowie boogie with Crooked Rain-era Pavement pop. Even though it was released on the small indie label, Misra Records, it attracted quite a lot of attention and landed on a handful of year-end lists.
About the same time that Streethawk was released, Bejar also found himself critically and commercially lauded as one of the main songwriters for the Canadian pop juggernaut, The New Pornographers. As their album, Mass Romantic, took flight, Bejar decided to ground himself and slowly back away from the band before this "side-project" swallowed Destroyer whole. He moved out of Vancouver and set off on a trek across Europe before settling back down in Montreal with a new cast of musicians to record his fifth album-and first for Merge Records-This Night.
From the beginning, it's clear that This Night is a different animal than Streethawk. On This Night, Bejar has transcended all of his influences and folded them into his own unique style. The Bowie vocal stylings are much less pronounced, and the crisp, punchy pop production of the previous album gives way to a sprawling, garage-y haze of layered guitars, organs and tinkling piano.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on March 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard something from this album when I downloaded "Hey, Snow White". When it finished I couldn't believe a song 8 minutes long and with only the words "Hey snow White, its gonna be alright, but can you win some? When the company goes public you've got to learn to love what you own." It had kept my complete attention despite me being confused beyond reason on why Snow White would have a buisness going public.
I promptly knew I had to get this album. I got it as a Valentine's present and put it on as soon as I received it. My girlfriend muttered complaints that she should have kept it, and I wouldn't have blamed her. The songs were all amazing and the lyrics sounded like they were from the poetry book of an eccentric hermit. I do admit that some songs were not all that appealing to begin with, for example "The Chosen Few". Then, when I listened to it enough, it became my favorite song on the album.
Although the songs are not always super-catchy in every place, or always following a central rhythm, all of them have at least one line that draws you in, one line that will be stuck in your mind because of it's complete senselessness that seems deep and heartfelt. Really that is the beauty of this record. Bejar can sing words that mean nothing at all to you, yet he makes you believe you know what he means.
I will complete this with my favorite line on the album.
I know you've been waiting ages for your pardon
But the governors wasted in the garden
Clawing his eyes out, he's insane
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George a Pletz on January 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Just thought I'd chip in on this one quick. I've never heard The New Porngraphers. I've heard Streethawk and found the piano driven Pavement meets early Bowie to be addictive and literate. It was just the right ratio of catchiness to quirk. This Night certainly skews the mix to the later but, it only took a listen or two to get lodged in my head. This Night seems even more distinct than the idiosyncratic Streethawk. Bejar and his sideband sound like more than the sum of their influences. The complex sound is expansive and varied enough to support the lyrics.As for the lyrics themselves, they are loaded with keen insights, non-sequitirs,sly self-references. These songs are littered with little bits of humor and footnotes! Still with the obvious relationship/romantic slant of most of the lyrics, I didn't find them absolutely inscrutible.If you like obtuse lyrics that yield new depth every time you hear 'em, this is for you. On the downside, it is a bit long winded. But then with a meal this sumptuous who is going to complain about the portions!
Okay I could ramble on about this album longer but I won't. Want an album that just gets better every time? Get this! Destroyer demolishes those once and done pop albums which litter the banks of the indie rock stream. An excellent collection of songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Chambers on October 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, they did it again. Destroyer can do no wrong. This record is a little more artsy than "Streethawk" but the great hooks are still there. It seems like they wanted to shake away all of the Bowie comparisons, and they did a great job of it while maintaining their style and distinct sound. Fans of Destroyer will not be disappointed, nor will people who've never heard them. If you are new to Destroyer, I would recommend buying "Streethawk" first, but if you're into more experimental rock/pop buy this one immediately. "Streethawk" is a lot more accesable and lives up to the "Hunky Dory" references.
So to make a long story short, Destroyer is a wonderful band and definitely worth checking out. This is a record that definitely gets better with time (even though it's great on the first listen) and if I had written this review 2 weeks from now I would probably give it 5 stars.
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