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Old 10-22-2017, 04:13 AM   #346
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I was disappointed with the direction he took for this one. There's enough New Order worship in the world already. Decent album though.
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There's enough New Order worship in the world already.
Not until they're in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, there isn't.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:49 PM   #348
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Tinseltown Swimming in Blood is really really good. The album is decent overal but not great. It justs sounds like a lesser version of Kaputt to my ears.
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:30 PM   #350
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I'm just not really feeling this one, I'm afraid

I've never listened to New Order, but I do know the 'sound' that you're all referring to, and it's just not that satisfying for me. It feels much less sophisticated and lived-in than his previous explorations into homage (Springsteen, Bowie, Floyd, the entire immersive sophistipop world of Kaputt). Sky's Grey is stunning, Tinseltown is terrific, and I dig Rome quite a bit, but the rest is just a wash for me. It's pretty telling that I'd take the two acoustic takes of Light Travels Down the Catwalk and Stay Lost over most of the album.

Poison Season wasn't perfect but it had many more highlights than this one. Of all the Destroyer albums I've heard I'd probably rank this last. It's not bad... it's just a bit faceless for me, lacks the personality of a great Destroyer album. Still need to sit down with the lyrics though.
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Old 11-19-2017, 04:38 AM   #351
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Really disappointed in this album. Very light to my ears. I adore Sky's Grey, quite fond of Tinseltown, Saw You at the Hospital, Rome, but that's it. A significant step down from Poison Season.
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Old 11-19-2017, 04:42 AM   #352
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His weakest album of the century so far IMO. It's not terrible though.
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I mean, that's pretty much his entire discography haha. I've not heard This Night or Your Blues, and Streethawk is so fucking esoteric and dense that it's kind of hard to know how I actually feel about it, but otherwise I'd agree.

And it's definitely not bad or terrible, completely fine album to have on in the background, it's just quite pedestrian and his music has always been better than that.
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Yeah, I'll have to look at his setlists before deciding about going to his gig. If he plays too much of the new album, it's probably not worth it.
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:49 AM   #355
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I mean, that's pretty much his entire discography haha. I've not heard This Night or Your Blues, and Streethawk is so fucking esoteric and dense that it's kind of hard to know how I actually feel about it, but otherwise I'd agree.

And it's definitely not bad or terrible, completely fine album to have on in the background, it's just quite pedestrian and his music has always been better than that.
Shit, I figured you were really into Streethawk. That's one of his most beloved albums. It and This Night are definitely among my favorites. Your Blues is blah with a kind of awkward synthpop influence, but it has those great lyrics. Always the lyrics with Bejar.

Come to think of it, I haven't heard Thief, which came out in 2000, so I guess I have to qualify my claim. I'll listen to that one and report back.
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Thief is great. Mercy, Heart of the Sun on the Back of a Vulture, Perpetual Roads, Destroyer’s Temple, Queen of Language, are classic tracks.

Streethawk I’ve not spent enough time with, but I will say that The Bad Arts is on my Rushmore.
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:40 AM   #357
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I'd rank Streethawk only behind Kaputt and Rubies. It is a pretty difficult record to get into indeed. I still can't tell you how half the tracks go, but I love it whenever I put it on. And The Bad Arts is of course top tier Bejar.
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Trouble in Dreams is the album of his that gets slept on way too much. Third best behind the top two. Kaputt and Rubies.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:21 AM   #359
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Blue Flower/Blue Flame is one of my favorite Destroyer songs actually.
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