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Destroyer's Rubies [CD]

Destroyer Audio CD
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Destroyer is Dan Bejar from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kaputt is his latest vision: an opulent, lyrical, game-changing masterpiece to rank with the choicest works of Sade, Scritti Politti, Simply Red and Steely Dan. For a more contemporary touchstone, feel free to consider it the sad-eyed psychic cousin of GAYNGS’ smooth opus Relayted. These elaborate songs were lovingly crafted ... Read more in Amazon's Destroyer Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B000P46MH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rubies
2. Your Blood
3. European Oils
4. Painter In Your Pocket
5. Looters' Follies
6. 3000 Flowers
7. A Dangerous Woman Up To A Point
8. Priest's Knees
9. Watercolours Into The Ocean
10. Sick Priest Learns To Last Forever

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Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Dogs' Rubies 8 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I only discovered Destroyer (the Canadian Dan Bejar) a few weeks ago and immediately ordered the last four albums (including this one) through Amazon. His earlier albums,especially Streethawk: A Seduction, highlights his much vaunted early 70s Bowie influence (Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust), together with Reed from the same period (Transformer) and also other influences such as Felt (the British band, not the American one!). With this album Blonde on Blonde period Dylan comes to mind on some songs (Looters' Follies for example). Although he writes songs with The New Pornographers, the style is somewhat different... It's definitely not power pop anyway! He certainly has idiosyncratic tendencies with his music making, with a penchant for la, la, la's (particularly at the end of songs), name checking or referencing his musical back catalogue and the odd lyric from other peoples songs. Don't let this put you off because these are endearing qualities! Buy this album and you will know what I mean.
If you like Bright Eyes, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Lambchop, you should find something to like here also. Excellent. Stand out songs... 'European Oils', 'Painter In Your Pocket', 'Rubies', 'Looter's Follies.' The best album I have heard so far this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Destroyer's best records 3 April 2011
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Rubies is up there with Destroyer's best records - second only in my opinion to Streethawk: A Seduction.
As a band, Destroyer are under-exposed outside of Canada rather than underrated, as anyone I've ever met who actually listens to them, loves them.
On show here is some of Daniel Bejar's greatest work, he is a lyricist of true distinction. If stripped of all musical trappings, then Bejar's written work alone would no doubt qualify him as poet of great merit.
But luckily the entire point of the Destroyer project is that Bejar's words are reinforced with melodies and rhythm.
For all the lofty adjectives hipster music critics like to praise Destroyer with, Bejar first and foremost "gets" pop. He understands a chorus, a bridge. He's not afraid to experiment occasionally, but when he keeps it simple - like he does on "Painter in Your Pocket", "Water Colours into the Ocean" and many other great songs here - Destroyer are instantly catchty and timeless listenable.

So go buy, it's worth the price of admission.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically, unimaginably good 26 Feb 2006
By The Last Person You'd Expect - Published on Amazon.com
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I will honestly say that out of the 50+ albums I heard last year, had this come out 3 months earlier, it would've been in the top 2 (it's a tough choice between this & Sufjan Stevens, although I prefer this). Following the mediocre-to-good release of Your Blues in 2004, I never would have guessed that Destroyer had the capacity to create an album such as this. Dan Bejar, co-lyricist for the ground-breaking power pop band The New Pornographers, along with his bandmates, differ remarkably in texture & purpose from that of the New Porn's; the dense, baroque pop feel is still there, but subdued by the extravagence of the instrumentation. Bejar's vision, as we've seen to a lesser extent on Your Blues, leans toward the avant-garde, a series of formless songs with expert lyricism that he sings over the full instrumentation with the seeming spontaneity of some great 60's jazz-- Andrew Hill's piano or Miles Davis's Jack-Johnson-era trumpet.

The major source of improvement comes from the band itself. Whereas earlier the band backed up Bejar with more constraint, now the band comes forth as wonderfully as Bejar. An album like Rubies comes from the expertise of every single player and, no doubt, the producer (Bejar? I didn't look). The piano and other keyboard instruments are a noteworthy improvement. Like Neutral Milk Hotel's "Aeroplane..." or Okkervil River's brilliant album "Down the River..." Rubies is a swirl of captivating instrumentation and lyrics that listeners can ponder over for years, an epic sort of album where the tracks wind together without explicit conceptual refrains (as in NMH's "Aeroplane...").

It's worth noting that Destroyer recently collaborated with the like-minded, but harder-edged avant-rock group Frog Eyes on a reworking of selections from Your Blues. Frog Eyes are one of my favorite of today's bands (The Folded Palm is a minor masterpiece), and I'm wondering if this could be the impetus for Destroyer's dramatic improvement. Well, whatever went on behind our backs, Rubies probably belongs in your collection.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the effin' maniac 4 July 2006
By Piehole - Published on Amazon.com
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Prior to this release, I was only familiar with Dan Bejar through the New Pornographers. To me his contributions there, while lyrically and musically interesting, seemed a bit distractive vocally. In Destroyer, Bejar is in his own element and has developed his own style. In this setting, we get a complete set of songs that are not in competition with other songwriters and singers. On Destroyer's Rubies, this focused attention reveals much complexity and range. The song arrangements couldn't be better. Some are minimally orchestrated, some have horns, most have piano, organ and rhodes-like keyboards, but all arrangements seem to achieve the songs' greatest potential. Bejar touches on musical styles as diverse as Motown ("Dangerous Woman..."), hippie classic rock a la Deja Vu-era CSNY ("Sick Priest Learns..."), power pop ("3000 Flowers"), and the indie rock of Pavement/Malkmus ("Your Blood" and "Priest's Knees").

Admittedly, Bejar's singing is not for everyone. It wasn't for me initially - but I'm among the converted now. His vocal delivery is kinda half spoken, half sung as Dylan or Lou Reed tends to be; Bejar is perhaps more over the top in his articulation and emotion. Besides his vocal delivery, the tone and quality of his voice is somewhat like Bowie's. I would think most readers who ended up here are open minded enough to get over any initial objections to the vocals. There is too much to like to dismiss it on vocals alone.

The lyrics are weird, ambiguous, and clever. Bejar slyly borrows many lyrical phrases and titles from other artists and puts them into a different melody and context. With almost each new listen, I discover new references and quotations. (he name checks Proud Mary, refers to a golden slumber, uses "I couldn't bare to..." which is an apparent reference to "Awful Bliss" by GBV, cops "Oh life is bigger.." from "Losing My Religion", and sings "kids...they were all right", a reference to The Who). I'm sure there are many more.

As other reviewers have speculated, I predict this CD will be on many "Best of 2006" lists. Highly Recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Bejar..A lyrical madman 28 Mar 2006
By S. Ringsmuth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In this latest release by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar one finds a very driving pop gem. Each album since the start of his output has had significantly different approaches in musical styles, this never more obvious than in the last album, Your Blues, where every song is drenched in cheap keyboards and soaring melodies. Destroyer's Rubies (Which of course is one of the many references he makes to himself throughout the album) treads a little bit of familiar ground in that it has the pop structures of the album, Streekhawk:a Seduction, but of course with an absolutely fresh vocal and guitar delivery. Bejar's voice sounds as strong as ever, thickly recorded and appropriately amped up when needed to match the distorted guitars (The heaviest since, This Night). For Bejar followers this is definitely a pleasing release. One might find themselves singing along to "Painter in Your Pocket", having undoubtedly the catchiest chorus on the record or nodding to the sweet piano rhythm and fantastic Bejar one liners on "European Oil".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They said don't look back, but I looked back... 24 Feb 2006
By Get Over It - Published on Amazon.com
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Destroyer's Rubies will go down as one of the best albums of 2006 of that I can assure you. Rubies is a very difficult album to review, it's hard to say what is so great about it, it just is great. It stands on its own. It has to be heard; not once mind you, but tens of times to realize how truly unique and inventive it is. Dan Bejar has an uncanny knack for creating some of the most complex and lovely melodies in the business. In addition, Bejar writes some of the most obtuse and thought provoking lyrics I've ever heard. The lyrics are often rushed and delivered in an impossible frenzy, but they are fun, they are majestic, they are beautiful. The highlight of this album is the album itself. Yes, some songs are better than others, but as a whole it is what it is, complete. Destroyer's Rubies is music, it is art, it is an album that takes patience to understand; to realize its greatness. You don't have to be a genius, drink wine, or read great literary works to enjoy this album. You just have to love music, have an open mind and a little patience. As a reward you can then visit Destroyer's previous six albums and realize what you have been missing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bold, Beautiful and Way Out 25 Oct 2006
By George a Pletz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When Dan Bejar says in "Priest's Knees" that "I was another west coast maximalist exploring the blues", he is only partially having the listener on. By West Coast, he means Vancover which is hardly the sun and fun Amercian audiences associate with the golden coast. And he is hardly just another musician. But the rest just might hold up. Okay maybe not the blues part

Maximalist is certainly apparent however. The instrumentation augments the rock band set-up with pianos, trumpets, and saxaphones. That it never sounds cluttered is quite acchievement. But it is a big sound. Everything seems to be in wide screen and right up front. And while it may not be the blues as we know it, it does mix up country, rock, folk, and, even, prog into something sonically unique. You can call it ramshackle but never sterile. It rollicks, rocks, and swings. (And by damn if it doesn't start to feel like a sea chanty by the time you hit the chorus of Looter's Follies.) For all its outre elements, there is a pop backbone that keeps it all so grounded. Which is a good thing considering the cryptic lyrics.

While all the songs can be seen as being love songs of a sort, Bejar just can't help embroidering them with surreal characters, abstract images, smartass footnotes, and confessional asides. It starts to feel like an epic from an alternate world. It is so easy to get lost in these tone poems. Drawing as much from Dylan as any number of cult rock figures (From Malkmus all the way down to T-Rex), these lyrics are shamelessly literate and often clever. It should be mentioned that they are incredibly insular and delivered in nasal voice that flirts with all sorts of theatrics. They will be the deal breaker for those not already familiar with Bejar's methods. For the rest they place these songs in a distinct place that can only be Destroyer.

No matter what you may think of them, after a single listen you will know that you have never heard anything quite like it.. And if you can hang with it for dozen or more times, you may just find that these songs are not too much of a good thing. In fact they are just enough to keep you coming back for more. Depending on your degree of adventurousness, you may want to hear the more direct Streethawk or the slightly less dense This Night instead. Myself, however, I think I'd rather just press play again. These songs are treasures. They have such a brave and unique sound. Destroyer doesn't beg for your affection, they just go for it. This is what music is supposed to do. Transport and confound. Empty headed popsters need not bother. It'll just confuse ya.
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