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Album Review

Destroyer has rightfully been compared to early-'70s David Bowie due to the band's fey, British-sounding pop/rock with pretty keyboard passages, attractive folky acoustic strums, and assertive, fluid electric guitar riffs. Streethawk: A Seduction does nothing to counteract that comparison, particularly when you get to "The Sublimation Hour," which is such an accurate amalgam/facsimile of the Hunky Dory era that it might pass for an outtake if Bowie did the vocals. Not a bad role model to take, it must be admitted, and actually not an overdone one, despite its eminence in the pop consciousness. The most problematic aspects, then, are Daniel Bejar's vocals, which don't match Bowie's in strength or nuance. Sometimes there are shades of Lou Reed as well, though that might be secondhand since everyone knows how heavily Reed influenced Bowie. It might work better if Bejar took a songwriting role and had someone else sing. The lyrics are playful, occasionally observational-ironic, and more oblique than Bowie's, which is saying something as Bowie could be pretty oblique. So it's derivative and inferior to the king of this particular hill. But those reservations aside it's decent music and certainly well-crafted, skillfully varying the moods with a range of subtle, understated arrangements that retain a rock foundation.

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This is basically a reissue of a 2001 album that was released by Merge on April 20th, 2010. It's now August of that said year, and nobody has paid attention enough to review this wonderful album? Also, this is the very first time that "Streethawk: A Seduction" (and other early Destroyer albums) is released in digital! They've finally put this indie artist's early work with Misra on the world's most popular music format and no one listens? Well, I'm a person who physically buys the album itself rather than downloading it (though I do occasionally download, depending on the release) so I kinda defeat the purpose, but still. I have this on vinyl. If you don't know what that is, stay out and go listen to Ke$ha.

You know what, write your reviews here and buy the album at your small local record shop. The artwork is simple, yes, but it comes with a digital download that's even HIGHER quality than what iTunes offers you. I'm not criticizing iTunes, I'm looking for support for non-RIAA record companies with massive potential, like Merge. Hey, this album has been out of print for a long while (especially on vinyl) and this is an opportunity to actually buy the album. Why wait? Who knows what will happen? Maybe Merge will be bought out by a greedy corporate conglomerate and kick Destroyer out because you guys aren't listening to him!

The album itself? It's perfect. 100%. Not joking, listen to this. If you love David Bowie, you'll LOVE Destroyer.

this album needs some love

dan's best stuff is some of my all time favorite music. Lately i have kind of been a bit disappointed with his new music. I know some ppl like the spaced out stuff he's been doing like bay of pigs, but I don't. (though I am pretty pleased from what I have heard from Kaput) That being said, this imo is his best album (rubies a close second), but to only have 7 ratings and like 3 comments is a joke. if you like rubies you will like this. My favorite, but regardless if you like rubies better, at worst his second best album

heres the love . i love this album

maybe im 10 years late but this album is amazing and im very excited to have just found it

Biography

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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