Destroyer – Trouble In Dreams

March 24, 2008

destroyerDan Bejar, sounding even more like Robyn Hitchcock than I’ve previously noticed, is back with a full band for Vancouver B.C. based Destroyer’s latest album, Trouble In Dreams. The result is that his lyrics, as thorny and literate and frequently profane as ever, are awash in music with an often sweeping, epic feel, as on tracks like “Rivers” and the eight minute long “Shooting Rockets (From The Desk Of Night’s Ape).” Bejar’s vocals often sound less like singing than him giving a dramatic recitation of some poetry, which may turn off some listeners, but for the most part, it’s really effective. It took until track three, “The State,” for me to really warm to the material here, but once I did, I found Trouble In Dreams to be a very compelling, impressive work, even with its occasional imperfections. Standout cuts: “The State,” “Foam Hands,” “Rivers” and “Libby’s First Sunday.”


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