- 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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|Audio CD, October 8, 2002||
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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.Read more ›
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
Give it a chance specially if it's on sale.
Enjoy with joy!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is consistently surprising, and I'm grateful that it fell into my lap when it did. I haven't felt excited about music for a long while, and am glad to have come across a... Read morePublished on August 5, 2007 by Anders
Amazing, wierd, beautiful, strange, poetic, funny - all of these words are apt descriptions for this unusual creation by Dan Bejar and his pals who call themselves Destroyer (Kiss... Read morePublished on September 16, 2005 by M. Trippi
I am not a fan of New Pornographers and this album is nothing like any NP album I've heard, but This Night is honestly one of the finest albums I've ever heard. Read morePublished on February 28, 2004 by Amazon Customer
I'm happy that other people like this, because I think the world needs way more strange pop music, but I want to warn any New Pornographers fans looking for more like it. Read morePublished on June 6, 2003 by Andrew Otwell