Vacant Position, Vacant Eyes
by Dan
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Destroyer - "Introducing Angels"

I'm finally ready to do it. I'm ready to post about Trouble in Dreams. Just in regular listening, the album is already up over 20 plays. The other day, I had to walk a great distance, so I listened to it all the way through, then listened to Streethawk: A Seduction because I wanted to test my theory that they were sister albums (they are) and then when that was over I went back and listened to Trouble in Dreams again, entirely. Admittedly, that was too much. But when you hear this, 7 songs in, and you're on the beach and it starts snowing, dreamily combining the two most relaxing things, you feel both confused and completely safe, both at peace and oddly stirred. It's serene and anthemic, lush and bursting, smiling and a bit cynical. It's the most cloud-riding (yes, I did) song on the album, and marks the pinkest point, for every Destroyer album has a pinkest point, a sharpest point, a golden moment, and a win. [Pre-order]


happy birthday, meaghan.

Posted by Dan at February 21, 2008 2:06 AM

Streethawk > Trouble In Dreams

Posted by Feldman at February 21, 2008 9:19 AM

I love you, but you're crazy. Sometimes wonderfully so, and sometimes you just don't post My Favorite Year and I grit my teeth like I'm still asleep.

Posted by Roger at February 21, 2008 1:29 PM

a memo to Feldman: not everything is true

Roger: It's all great, I think the only song I DON'T like is Blue Flower, Blue Flame. Is it weird that I haven't even listened to Real Emotional Trash yet?

Posted by dan at February 21, 2008 2:55 PM

not digging the album. way too jammy guitar-solo for me. too much milling about. (see also: fiery furnaces! stephen malkmus! ie other stuff you love and i sporadically like.) but what prompted me to post is that "blue flower" is by far my favourite song! ("introducing angels" is #2.) try it again! :)

Posted by sean at February 21, 2008 3:26 PM

for me, it's dark leaves from a thread that is the best.

the thing that's truly remarkable is that by themselves these songs are his least remarkable or playable IN YEARS, yet the album is great. This is definitely an ALBUM album.

Posted by karpe at February 21, 2008 5:30 PM

karpe, sean: much to my dismay, you are both wrong.

least playable? did you listen to Rubies? were you around when he had to bring Frog Eyes on tour so he could even play Your Blues? Every song on Trouble in Dreams, EVERY ONE, except "blue flower", has one of those completely satisfying parts that he can play loud and with passion. These songs, each on their own, are amazing. Destroyer is like The Sopranos of troubadours; "a pillar of art".

Posted by dan at February 21, 2008 7:10 PM

okay okay okay.

my comment had some dodgy wording.

i guess what my problem is is that there are those satisfying parts, but they're heavily diluted throughout the course of the album. dark leaves from a thread is my favorite because it has three--
the stuttering drums, the descending guitar solo at :37, and the section at 1:27 which takes dynamics into a stranglehold.

but you see the song 'Rubies' is nine minutes of these moments, all packed into one song.

i guess it's too well spaced for me.

so far my favorite destroyer album is 'ideas for songs', anyway, so i'm weird to start with.

Posted by karpe at February 21, 2008 7:50 PM

i also get the 'diluted' feel, both musically and lyrically, but I like the album for it. feels 'cooler' than rubies. In spite of this, Shooting Rockets is my fav song by far, and I'd love to hear a whole album with that feel. I love the over the top piano and guitar lines, possibly 'cause they remind me of YB which is still my fav, followed by most of This Night.

Posted by jim at February 21, 2008 8:37 PM

...i guess that means i like my Destroyer grandiose.

Posted by jim at February 21, 2008 8:45 PM

Album of the year

Posted by Dave Rawkblog at February 23, 2008 3:14 AM

I have no idea why you would think this record is in conversation with "Streethawk" and not "Thief". I mean, there are signposts. Is it just that they give you a similar feeling in your secret insides?

Posted by Kelvin Bennett at February 24, 2008 4:19 PM

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