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Originally released in 1998 (and reissued on Merge in 2010), City of Daughters was Dan Bejar’s first foray into Destroyer mode. While it may lack the apocalyptic Ziggy Stardust panache of Streethawk: A Seduction (or to a lesser extent, Thief), it provides a wide open window to the artist’s metamorphosis from bedroom bard to Dadaist-indie poet laureate. Without all of the signature Destroyer flourishes ("lie lies" "la las" and choice "guitarmonies") Bejar’s clever wordplay feels even more surreal (tracks like “I Want This Cyclops” and “You Were so Cruel” point a longer finger at Syd Barrett than they do David Bowie). Like all Destroyer records, it requires more than a couple of spins to draw you in, but it rewards that patience with an endlessly inventive collection of serpentine melodies peppered with the kind of darkly funny, stream-of-consciousness refrigerator poetry that has come to define Bejar's nom de plume, and while there are a handful of cuts like “No Cease Fires! (Crimes Against the State of Our Love, Baby)”, “School and the Girls Who Go There,” and “Space Race” that lay the foundation for future recordings, City of Daughters is a stark town populated with hopeless eccentrics, which is probably just how Bejar likes it.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good

Sounds a little like Syd Barrett nice to listen to on sat afternoon with some drinks at a nice Biergarten

Destroyer is art

I now own 5 albums by Destroyer and my collection will continue to grow as I have more money available to spend freely. Honestly, I have not heard one bad song from him (I say him because his other band mates switch up so often it's like he's a solo act) and every song grows on me. I have many artists that I absolutely love, but none compare to Destroyer. The vast amount of amazing songs that he puts out album after album leaves me in awe. I can listen to all of his songs on repeat and never get tired of them, which I actually do almost every day, and I will continue to love and support his work.


Formed: 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Dan Bejar started Destroyer as a solo project in Vancouver in 1995. His first album, We'll Build Them a Golden Bridge, was an electric folk record, setting the stage for the early Bowie comparisons that were certain to follow his particular vocal style. In 1998, Bejar added a rhythm section and took it into the studio for the first time. The resulting recording, City of Daughters, is a sparsely produced collection of catchy pop songs in which Bejar's increasingly obtuse lyrics really start to stand...
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