Destroyer
Destroyer's Rubies


4.5
superb

Review

by Kyle Ellison USER (9 Reviews)
January 20th, 2007 | 20 replies | 10,346 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Destroyer provide the soundtrack to a dream; a near-perfect Indie Pop album basked in euphoria and melody.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Oh Canada! What would become of Indie without its centre for production, and seemingly endless source of ‘the new Arcade Fires'; Canada. Yes, it seems this decade in Indie-Rock has been dominated by Pitchfork's favourite country, seeing the birth and popularisation of Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, Metric and the aforementioned success story The Arcade Fire. The scene might have only briefly encountered major chart success, but what a great contrast to see such bands do well commercially, after a 90’s dominated by throwaway pop/rock groups.

So, enter Daniel Bejar and his brainchild Destroyer with their latest album 'Destroyer's Rubies', who although formed back in 1995 have only garnered serious interest in the last 5 years. The bands unique sound is really quite difficult to describe, but think catchy yet poignant chord progressions laced with luscious guitar melodies, all the while acting as a backdrop to Bejar's hypnotic vocals and poetic sprawl. Sounds good doesn't it? But that's the kind of vibe this album has, it's sense of euphoria is the one thing which pervades the tracks from start to finish, with occasional lashings of feedback and overdriven chords only to make the quiet moments that little bit more special.

Listening to 'Destroyer's Rubies' is quite the journey. Beginning unusually on a 9 minute track which never seems to get to the point, we are quickly relieved by a few succinct pop numbers, before once again meandering off into Bejar's dream-like vision. Sometimes it's this lack of destination which is so attractive to listen to, like a traveller backpacking across Europe Bejar doesn’t seem to have a plan, but following his instincts he somehow finds himself in some of the most beautiful places imaginable. 'A Dangerous Woman Up To A Point' provides the perfect example of this as it kicks off with a steady rhythm, before the lyrics seem to spiral off the page as Bejar exclaims;
“Froze on Union Street, it was springtime, I was just a kid lost in a map of the stars others called 'your eyes.”

Bejar once described his bands sound as ‘european blues’ which whilst I’ve never thought the most useful description, does refer to some noticeable blues influence throughout. The guitar and piano parts seem to noodle their way through the tracks, every so often remembering that they are part of an album track, and not some loose jam session taking place in a basement somewhere. This sparse approach to song structure is evident in one of the albums highlights, 'European Oils' which is easilly the most direct and straightforward indie-pop track on the album. The backing vocals (as used a number of times on the album) once again create a sense of euphoria, whilst the irresistable vocals and expressions bring real passion and conviction to the words.

Destroyer's Rubies, then, prooves to be not only one the most exciting releases of 2006, but also one of the great releases of the decade. Best summarised by it's dreamy vocals and melodic instrumentation Daniel Bejar creates a sound like no other, and adds to an ever impressive C.V including his work with The New Pornographers and Swan Lake. It's taken Bejar a number of years to reach the stage he's at now, but perhaps in years to come they can extend on this and release the definitive 'classic record' that he's capable of.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kyle
January 20th 2007



667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MY first review in about 4 months, I really enjoyed writing this one. I might have got carried away, but I really love this album.

Neoteric
January 20th 2007



3243 Comments


i have never ever heard this but the review was great and gave me a good feel of the album

La Revolucion
January 20th 2007



1060 Comments


God this album is awful. Fantasticamasticular review, though.

Eliminator
January 20th 2007



2067 Comments


worst album of 2006

Kyle
January 20th 2007



667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heh thanks, and I knew this album had a lot of hate from you A&I guys but i've really never understood why.

Care to explain?This Message Edited On 01.20.07

Eliminator
January 20th 2007



2067 Comments


because destroyer are some dudes with nasal out of tune singing over dry vanilla boring mm8 review quality instrumental work that if it were out of time it wouldn't be too far off from a shaggs b-side in addition to all of this they are just one amoeba of hook-less psuedo sincere songwriting and butt cheeks

Electronic Wolf
January 20th 2007



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like Destroyer and I thought this album was pretty good for the most part. Like after a few listens it didn't sound so hot anymore, but it's still enjoyable.

Jawaharal
January 20th 2007



1832 Comments


This is a very weird album to me since I hate it and like it at the same time but more hate than like but some hooks totally make me think its really good then I change my mind 15 seconds later.

JohnXDoesn't
January 21st 2007



1247 Comments


i liked your review a lot. very strong over view of the album and it had good direction. hope you can review a little more in the future. i'm gonna look these guys up on my service. seems to be some debate about them.This Message Edited On 01.21.07

Kyle
January 21st 2007



667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers JXD, and yeah I plan on picking up my reviewing again. should see a couple more over the next few days/weeks.

Let me know if you listen to this, i'd be interested in some oppinions outside A&I.

sgrevs
January 21st 2007



698 Comments


Great album, great review.

European Oils pwns.

darthlaw
July 13th 2007



12 Comments


Lovely album. "Painter In Your Pocket" and "Priest's Knees" are two amazing tracks.This Message Edited On 08.04.07

darthlaw
July 13th 2007



12 Comments


Double post.This Message Edited On 07.13.07

jrowa001
February 25th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i have been listening to this album a lot lately. pretty damn good

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 30th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rubies may be my second favourite album opener ever... maybe.

SeaAnemone
December 28th 2010



18815 Comments


I mean if you like good music ya... his new record is gonna be so cash

thebhoy
Emeritus
December 28th 2010



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really? Awesome

sarahtonin
January 3rd 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A few typo's and grammatical things here, but thanks for writing a review of this excellent album, equal parts Ziggy Stardust and Bob Dylan.

Funeralopolis
January 17th 2014



10497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rules

Digging: Autopsy - Tourniquets, Hacksaws And Graves

jefflebowski
February 18th 2014



6842 Comments


easily my favourite destroyer, progressive and catchy as fuck at the same time



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