ALBUM REVIEW: “Kaputt” by Destroyer

January 20. 2011 | By Jay Raco

Destroyer
Kaputt
Merge Records 1/2011

Destroyer has always been divisive. I love the band and think Dan Behar is a genius; my wife hates the band and thinks he’s pretentious. That’s how it works. Until Kaputt, that is.

The album feels totally accessible without compromise, and that is a very rare feat for an artist as eccentric as Destroyer.  On Kaputt, Behar feels like he may be mellowing in a good way. He’s still singing about literature and doing drugs, but it’s sounds prettier now.  “Chinatown” opens the album and features great harmonizing and an easygoing pace through a trumpet, some strings, and guitar feedback. The jazz influence permeates the record and there’s even a hint of some disco synth on “Savage Night At the Opera.” It’s a great record for the new year; even my wife likes it.

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