My 50 Favorite Albums of 2008: #42

Number 42

It would be virtually impossible to follow up a record like Destroyer’s last, the glowingly fascinating, Rubies, with something close to equal; and even though Dan Bejar and Co. don’t achieve what we dreamed for, their new one remains a very good effort in its own right. I’m talking about Trouble in Dreams, of course; which is their first record since stepping firmly out into the indie spotlight upon Rubies’ smashing critical acclaim, and deservedly so. Bejar’s voice alone is one that are among a select few in music that is entirely a force to be reckoned with, grasping onto signature whales, whispers, and moans that demand to be included as separate instruments themselves. When Trouble in Dreams is at its best, it is simply tremendous, like on the tracks Shooting Rockets (From the Desk of Night’s Ape) and Dark Leaves From A Thread. Like a lot of follow-ups to great bands’ critical successes, this album provides what would be the most accessible set of songs to introduce yourself to Destroyer, if you happen to be a newcomer. If Trouble in Dreams sells you on their sound, then go for their career-best to date next, which is obviously the aforementioned Rubies. Once you hear that, you’re in love. Forever.

1.Blue Flower/Blue Flame
2.Dark Leaves From A Thread
3.The State
4.Foam Hands
5.My Favorite Year
6.Shooting Rockets (From the Desk of Night’s Ape)
7.Introducing Angels
9.Leopard of Honor
10.Plaza Trinidad
11.Libby’s First Sunrise


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2 Responses to “My 50 Favorite Albums of 2008: #42”

  1. Bob Bland Says:

    As much as I loved Rubies (it was my #1 that year), this was something of a disappointment to me. A few really good tracks, but generally uneven.

  2. Ferguson Says:

    This one certainly doesn’t come anywhere near “Rubies”, and I would somewhat agree that it is uneven…but Bejar is just too unique that even when he’s not at his best, there’s still so much worth to his stuff and it’s mostly better than anything other artists do.

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