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Album Review

This Night is a sometimes-fragile, sometimes-bombastic folk-rock record that plays like early-'70s Bowie jamming with Bright Eyes. Daniel Bejar's bittersweet songwriting and the sparkling production match his Dylan wordplay, earthy strumming, and crunchy, skyward electric guitar riffs to establish This Night solidly as Destroyer's Hunky Dory. From "Holly Going Lightly" — an indie rock tune of operatic proportions and utter levity — to the dark, "The Bewlay Brothers"-meets-Calexico "The Chosen Few," it's clear that this comparison would sit perfectly well with Bejar. And so what if he takes his influences so seriously? Bowie fans have been waiting for another Hunky Dory since 1972. Destroyer's This Night follows through on that wish without ever being a simple sound-alike and, in the process, adds a welcome dose of Grandaddy, the criminally underrated Television Personalites, and even some good old Lou Reed rock. "Snow White" is the most cryptic and downright moving hat-tip to "Sweet Jane" and Reed's favorite state of being ("Hey, Snow White/It's gonna be alright") and one of the most zoned-out, uncomplicated, and gratifying rock tunes of the year.

Customer Reviews

a modern masterpiece

this is quite simply one of the best, most surprising and rewarding albums i own. dan bejar is one of the most underrated artists in this day and age, but his small fanbase worship him for a reason. this is a fractured, imperfect snowfall of an album that sounds like it will fall apart, only to come back together in the most beautiful of ways. you won't regret owning this. worth any sum for "this night," "the chosen few," "modern painters," "trembling peacock," and "students carve hearts out of coal." worth anything, anything, for "goddess of drought." i have seen a light indeed.

Hey, Goddess of Drought

Could be part of your recover method too? 'first encountered Distroyer while still slooshing , stumbling and spilling out from my "A Year of Bitch Angst", why should I be any different. but darn it! don't listen to the falsetto, really it's more savvy than Davie Jones, hence their name, duh. Anyway, a significant source of fiber: I made it all the way back to mexicon, even further, before it wore off and I had to rebowie.

I can see it in your eyes

"Goddess of Drought" is the beautiful centerpiece to this album. It has a wide lead in my top 25 most played songs--Behar has one of the those unique, bizarre voices that you can't shake no matter how many other albums you go through


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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