9 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vancouver’s Dan Bejar has always been a sly kind of agitator, tearing apart the conventions of indie rock from the inside out. Kaputt turns the sloppy proclamations of his earlier albums on their head, opting for streamlined yacht-club funk in the vein of Steely Dan and '80s Roxy Music. Though the music is soft and leisurely, Bejar’s lyrics remain serrated: “Hey, mystic prince of the purlieu at night/I heard your record, it’s alright,” he sings on “Savage Night at the Opera,” half-whispering with witty contempt.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vancouver’s Dan Bejar has always been a sly kind of agitator, tearing apart the conventions of indie rock from the inside out. Kaputt turns the sloppy proclamations of his earlier albums on their head, opting for streamlined yacht-club funk in the vein of Steely Dan and '80s Roxy Music. Though the music is soft and leisurely, Bejar’s lyrics remain serrated: “Hey, mystic prince of the purlieu at night/I heard your record, it’s alright,” he sings on “Savage Night at the Opera,” half-whispering with witty contempt.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
303 Ratings

303 Ratings

bpick99 ,

Are people confused?

Are you seeing the name of the band and thinking they will be a hardcore band? Or at least a LOUD band or something? Some of these comments are pretty funny.

Unmedicated Eddie ,

Destined to be the great maligned album of 2011?

Like MGMT's Congratulations last year, Kaputt seems destined to be the great maligned album of 2011 simply because it did not live up to listeners' expectations. Sure, Bejar is diving headfirst into a genre that's probably totally new to his listeners, but the incredible thing is that he did it with one of the most precarious genres--sax-heavy '80s lounge art rock, which produced some of the best music in history (Roxy Music's Avalon) as well as some of the worst (Kenny G, anyone?)--and created not only a solid album with it but also the masterpiece he has spent 15 years trying to create with Destroyer.

Stylistic misconceptions aside, Kaputt is a fantastic album, and every song is either a pop gem or an all-out epic masterpiece. Bejar is a brilliant if usually rambling and incomprehensible lyricist, and his vocals fit perfectly with those of the sublime Sibel Thrasher, a regular presence on these songs. The horns are as smooth as chocolate, and any moments of weirdness or dissonance that may seem to disrupt the mellow vibe come across more as peanuts in the rich candy bar that is this album. Forget 9/8 beats, forget dark twisted fantasies. This album is simply a remarkably well-crafted block of songs in which all the elements fit together. If there was a 4 1/2 star rating I would give it one--it's not a 5 star album, but it's better than four stars.

humbled and overjoyed ,

Beautiful

Dig the horns and lyrics. A perfect ear gumbo comforting yet never cheesy.

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