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Kaputt

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Kaputt

Ninth album from Dan Bejar under his Destroyer alias, covering everything from electronica to acid-jazz

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Merge
UK Release date
25/01/2011
US Release date
30/01/2011
  1. 10.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Kaputt is the go-to last-dance soundtrack to the fall of an empire
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  2. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A triumphantly singular album that explores a space that only this band could have made
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  3. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    A rare work of historical interpretation and pop artistry, full of beauty and wonder
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  4. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Feels like an open love letter to a vanished pop era: it's unique and warm and beautiful, as love letters are supposed to be
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  5. 9.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Simply stands as one of the first truly great albums of 2011
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  6. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Kaputt rolls luxuriously in its own plush soft-rock grandeur, powerfully alluring and deeply sad at the same time
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  7. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Kaputt is the sort of record that arrives only once in a while: an expansive world that captivates you from beginning to end, impresses you with its self-awareness and cohesiveness, then releases you from its grasp when it’s all over
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  8. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Bejar approaches near perfection by combining complex song structures with simple pop melodies
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  9. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    A perfect release for inevitable January snow: Graceful, inviting, and evocative as ever
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  10. 9.0 |   BBC

    A genuine classic
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  11. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There’s no other album that sounds like Kaputt in 2011 and there may not be a better one either
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  12. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    It seems absurd to look for genuine wisdom in music in 2011, when we're constantly gorging ourselves on the all-you-can-eat buffet of post-modern web culture. But Kaputt feels wise
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  13. 8.5 |   Prefix

    The dance-music experiment may provide a classic set-up for disaster, but somehow, and maybe not surprisingly at this point, Destroyer pulls the thing off
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  14. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    There are some truly moving moments
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  15. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Q

    Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A disco-opus that underscores the songwriting power that Bejar is steadily becoming
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  19. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Bejar's most conceptually strong and accessible album to date
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  20. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    A rich and intoxicating stew of maddeningly imprecise nostalgia
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  21. 8.0 |   NME

    His finest work to date, and excessive, but irresistibly so
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  22. 8.0 |   The Fly

    A special, lasting listening experience
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  23. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Self-referential and unabashedly cerebral, Kaputt nonetheless charms more than it alienates
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  24. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Destroyer relishes playing with weirdness
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  25. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    A Destroyer album is a meandering sea voyage that wraps its many legs around your cold dead heart like a warm wine
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  26. 7.5 |   Bowlegs

    Kaputt is as unexpected as anything the artist has produced
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  27. 7.0 |   All Music

    There’s no denying their icy, coke-fueled 2:00 A.M. elegance
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  28. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    All manner of early-Eighties smoothness
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  29. 7.0 |   Spin

    Dreamy tone poems
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  30. 6.0 |   Pop Matters

    Eccentric and enjoyable
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  31. 6.0 |   State

    Kaputt creates an offering made up of little more than recycled revelations
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  32. 6.0 |   The 405

    The constant sax and jazz references wouldn't appeal to everyone and also the overall laid-back tone
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  33. 4.0 |   The Digital Fix

    If you like your music anodyne and bereft of any excitement then this is the perfect album for you; for everyone else it is one to avoid
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