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Old 08-29-2015, 08:37 PM   #301
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Your recommendation was correct, DB. I like.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:32 AM   #302
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I was away all weekend but I would have said the same thing, buy it. But post some more thoughts for fuck's sake all of you.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:24 AM   #303
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Girl in a Sling and Archer on the Beach are my favs at the moment I reckon. The former is one of the few tracks that is imbued with the vocal emotion that was found on Kaputt and the latter just has a such a terrific atmosphere and is more esoteric lyrically, which is what I like about Dan Bejar.

Also, a really underrated track that doesn't get discussed enough: Suicide Demo for Kara Walker.
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Old 08-30-2015, 12:37 PM   #304
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Also, a really underrated track that doesn't get discussed enough: Suicide Demo for Kara Walker.
Agreed. My third favorite on Kaputt.

Some random thoughts:

I don't necessarily like the first version of Times Square but I like how Dream Lover starts with a bang after it. The latter packs more of a punch that way.

I love the instrumentation in Forces From Above. The song itself isn't spectacular but the percussion is nice, as is the climax.

Holy shit, the guitar that comes in at 01:58 in The River. The beginning of that song reminds me a lot of another Destroyer track. It might be Strike.

Times Square is classic Destroyer. Probably the best song on here.

Archer on the Beach is another favorite.

The back half of the album hasn't made much of an impression on me yet. I was half asleep listening to it for the second time yesterday.

In general, I think it's very solid with a few stand-outs (the songs I've mentioned). It's no Kaputt or Rubies but it's not too far off and who knows what I think of it after a few more listens. Destroyer is great at doing something slightly different with each album but still having his own sound.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:11 AM   #305
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The back half is quite nice but not a lot of standouts. The River through to Archer on the Beach is a hell of a run.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:17 AM   #306
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iron yuppie may be excited to know there's a five-year-old version of Archer on the Beach featuring Tim Hecker doing the music.

I am very happy it's be redone because the Poison Season version destroys it.
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I don't know if anyone's going to feel me on this, but I think Poison Season is superior to Kaputt. As great as Kaputt is, it's only got one trick up its sleeve - it's a fucking awesome trick, but it does mean some of those tracks run together.

On Poison Season, though, there is a great deal of variety. Even more impressive is that, for as dense and abstruse as the record is lyrically, the songs are remarkably light on their feet instrumentally. The River and Archer on the Beach stand out especially - the piano flourishes in the latter are almost Aladdin Sane-ish. Also the watery trumpet from Solace's Bride could have come from second quintet Miles. I'm really digging this album.
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Poison Season is cool, but yeah, for all its variety (which is really just two tricks instead of one, and the chamber pop half doesn't work as well as the E Street Band half) it doesn't click as an entire project for me. If Times Square wasn't on there three times it would lack a center altogether. And as Niels mentioned, the second half slips by mostly on aesthetic.

Kaputt is a masterpiece, one of the most fully-realized and consistently great albums of the decade.
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The second side is the strength of the album for me. Admittedly it is mellow, but "slipping by" is not a term I would use for it. That refrain in Bangkok is probably the strongest hook on the entire album.
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I don't know if anyone's going to feel me on this, but I think Poison Season is superior to Kaputt. As great as Kaputt is, it's only got one trick up its sleeve - it's a fucking awesome trick, but it does mean some of those tracks run together.

On Poison Season, though, there is a great deal of variety. Even more impressive is that, for as dense and abstruse as the record is lyrically, the songs are remarkably light on their feet instrumentally. The River and Archer on the Beach stand out especially - the piano flourishes in the latter are almost Aladdin Sane-ish. Also the watery trumpet from Solace's Bride could have come from second quintet Miles. I'm really digging this album.
Woah, a huge call that I cannot get on board with. I think all of the songs on Kaputt are so strong that even when they do run together it sounds so good and fully-fleshed out. Whereas with Poison Season I think a few of these tracks run together, particularly in the second half, without standing out.

I really like this album though. The songs are all really sticking with me, which is quite remarkable considering I've not even had it a week.

And I think you make a great point regarding the music being light on its feet. It really stands out, particularly on those songs you mentioned, they're so well recorded and produced that they're almost like vocal parts, they are so focal, interesting and lucid.

We've also just ticked into spring over here and the first day of it after a shitty winter is a lovely one and this album is working wonders for me right now. Good stuff
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Woah, a huge call that I cannot get on board with. I think all of the songs on Kaputt are so strong that even when they do run together it sounds so good and fully-fleshed out. Whereas with Poison Season I think a few of these tracks run together, particularly in the second half, without standing out.
Well I'm a sucker for a good jazz-inflected set of tracks, which Poison Season has on the back half.
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Pitchfork has genuinely forgotten to review the album.
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And the Weeknd's new one. I don't know what's up with them.
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That came today. They're always up 3pm my time (AEST)


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Must have just updated in the past hour. Accurate score for that one.
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