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Diamond Dogs' Rubies,
By A Customer
This review is from: Destroyer's Rubies (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.