Poison Season (LP)


Destroyer

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Amoeba Review

08/25/2015

Dan Bejar’s 10th album with Destroyer continues in the sophisticated pop style of his last album, the critically acclaimed Kaputt, with even more of an emphasis on orchestration of strings and horns. “Dream Lover” sets the album off on a furiously energetic horn-laden rave-up, with lyrics that capture the excitement and anxiety of new love, that absolutely explodes at the end and should be a perfect Destroyer set closer for years to come. From there, the album grows more contemplative, moving into the shuffling beatnik feel of “Forces From Above.” “The River” is a jazzy ballad about getting the hell out of the city that ironically sounds like perfect music for strolling through New York at night. The stunning “Girl in a Sling” has a musical theater quality to it, beautifully orchestral and keenly observed. It’s a careful balance Bejar strikes in making “adult” pop that’s still plenty interesting — “Archer on the Beach’s” classy, smooth jazz feel is upset by spacey guitar effects, purposefully wrong notes and surrealist lyrics like “impossible raver on your death bed.” And a trio of “Times Square” songs tie the album together, moving from spare and emotive to becoming a cousin to David Bowie’s “Young Americans.” Poison Season finds the restless Bejar settling down into a sound a bit, and that’s a good thing, given the continued quality of his albums. Once again, he’s produced one of the most masterful indie-rock releases of the year. 



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Times Square, Poison Season I
Destroyer 02:33
2.
Dream Lover
Destroyer 03:48
3.
Forces From Above
Destroyer 05:51


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hell Is an Open Door
Destroyer 03:17
2.
The River
Destroyer 03:35
3.
Girl in a Sling
Destroyer 03:04
4.
Times Square
Destroyer 04:11


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Archer on the Beach
Destroyer 04:56
2.
Midnight Meet the Rain
Destroyer 03:24
3.
Solace's Bride
Destroyer 03:43


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Bangkok
Destroyer 05:14
2.
Sun in the Sky
Destroyer 05:33
3.
Times Square, Poison Season II
Destroyer 03:02

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