Destroyer CD review [Merge]

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Destroyer CD review [Merge]
Feb 21, 2006, 04:31

DESTROYER Destroyer's Rubies CD

Destroyer's Dan Bejar again proves himself to be one of the most literate and provocative songwriters of the indie ghetto with Destroyer's Rubies, a near-perfect album so dense and rich with detail it threatens to overwhelm. Like Scott Walker's recent The Drift, Destroyer's Rubies is a meticulously layered, multifaceted work that tempers reverence with a shrewd sort of personal philosophy bordering on the pathological.

“Your Blood” may inadvertently borrow the melody from Nirvana's “In Bloom,” but ol' Kurdt never wrote anything as wonderfully obtuse as “I passed off these couplets in honor of the void” or as biting as “it is just your precious American underground and it is born of wealth.” References—to himself and to numerous golden calves of pop culture—abound, becoming something of a Destroyer trademark, but despite Bejar's tendency toward social criticism, there are many moments of poignancy and unique beauty underneath—and among—the often hysterical didacticism.

Destroyer's Rubies is the Finnegan's Wake of modern indie rock, and a grand achievement from an increasingly vital artist. [Merge]

-James Jackson Toth

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