- Poison Season

Destroyer - Poison Season
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 26 reviews
2015 Rank: #36 / 740
USER SCORE
80
Based on
296 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

Despite an overarching shagginess, this is an almost seamless artistic and conceptual exercise. Poison Season makes its predecessor appear minor by comparison, like a tuneful lark.

100
The Skinny
Somehow, Bejar ensures all these pieces fit together seamlessly, and the picture that emerges feels damn close to perfect.
100
NOW Magazine

Poison Season employs strings, piano and horns to perfectly complement Bejar's even, offhand delivery of lines that, when stitched together, make up a droll, wondrous travelogue of storied metropolitan meccas.

91
A.V. Club

No matter what the context—horn-section rave-up, string quartet, druggy miasma—he sounds completely at home. Poison Season is the sound of an artist in complete control of the strange chaos around him.

91
Entertainment Weekly
His follow-up is his most adventurous collection yet. Over 13 tracks, he unspools anthemic power chords, swaggering horns, and gimlet-eyed tales of his journeys around the world, from London to Bangkok.
90
AllMusic
At nearly an hour in length, it feels immense, but more so from its unexpectedly cinematic stylings than from playing time -- with rotating, scene-setting arrangements (rock, jazz, chamber music) and beat-poetic narrative vignettes of a gritty reality seemingly from another time, or another mind.
90
Exclaim!

After ten albums in close to two decades, the band still sound as vital and inventive as ever, and they're operating at the top of their game on Poison Season.

90
Drowned in Sound
His slow ascent to the upper echelons of the underground is so unsurprising precisely because, as this latest album aptly demonstrates, Destroyer records speak to what we love about music, even whilst seemingly seeking to make a point out of its inadequacy.
90
The Line of Best Fit
It makes for hard but rewarding listening, and ultimately the kind of record on which every track becomes its own standout moment.
80
NME
Bejar’s dismantled the old Destroyer sound, but he’s built something wonderfully disorientating in its stead.
80
The Guardian

Everything that is potentially offputting – the lyrical opacity, the sonic excess, that voice – is what makes it such a striking and involving piece of work. In fact, it’s Bejar’s best.

80
No Ripcord

Poison Season is even more sumptuously complete, sleek and highly refined, repurposing the champagne-coated synths of Kaputt with the aid of a full band to further accentuate his high-brow witticisms.

80
Spin

On Poison Season, Bejar’s new trappings may suggest self-sabotage, but the tremendously assured songcraft says otherwise.

80
Slant Magazine

By his usual standards, Poison Season is shockingly austere and restrained.

80
musicOMH

Poison Season is another excellent Destroyer album, packed with songs that are graceful, beautiful and, yes, hummable.

80
DIY
Elegant and tender piano and strings mix with the strength of the band he’s been on the road with for the last few years. It’s certainly different to ‘Kaputt’ but it maintains Bejar’s unique voice.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

The result is an album that, on the one hand, feels much less focused or cohesive than Kaputt, but on the other hand comes across as all the more confident and playfully mature, precisely because it’s not trying to be.

80
Uncut

On Poison Season, Bejar re-embraces street rock, and recontextualises it as well.

76
Pitchfork

He has never made, and will probably never make, a bad album—he's far too accomplished, intuitive, and literate for that. But on Poison Season, you can occasionally detect the dismaying sound of indie rock's greatest intellect second-guessing itself.

75
Consequence of Sound

While his new album, Poison Season, may not erase Kaputt from anyone’s memory, it is yet another engaging, tangled, beautiful environment, one that will be equally hard to forget.

70
Loud and Quiet
Compared with other Destroyer LPs, ‘Poison Season’ is a disjointed listen, surprisingly lacking the band’s usual brazen theatrics. Still, Dan Bejar remains indie rock’s last great shapeshifter, and it’s hard not to hear this as a stepping stone to another masterpiece.
70
Clash
He doesn't want you to like 'Poison Season'. Good luck with that: at its best, it's irresistible.
70
Rolling Stone
Bejar stacks rainy-New York sax magic, sad-astronaut strings and hippie jazzbo grooving to make songs that are as wryly hilarious as they are weirdly affecting.
65
Under The Radar

That's the cloud Poison Season is under-it's not bad, and it certainly has its moments. But on the heels of Kaputt, it can be a frustrating, uneven listen.

Aug 31, 2015
EMR
79
Dan Bejar returns with a most anticipated follow up to his latest masterpiece, Kaputt, and even though the expectations were really high, it seems the singer/songwriter has reached such an artistic level of maturity that it didn't even make him flinch. Poison Season may just be his most disorienting album, and certainly not as accessible and easy going as Kaputt was, but the fact that it has an identity of its own makes it all even more interesting as Bejar proves once again that he is one of ... read more
Aug 9, 2015
onlylivingboy
96
An instant classic - Dan Bejar has truly outdone himself with this work. There is not a single detail unattended to. With seamless string arrangements, blistering horn solos, and Bejar's incontrovertibly poetic lyrics, we have his masterpiece. Sit back and marvel.
Jul 9, 2015
91
This album is everything I ever wanted from a new Destroyer album. It's beautiful, yet challenging - rewarding those who give it many thoughtful listens. I thought Kaputt was going to be his pinnacle, but he may have surpassed it somehow. Special stuff here.
Aug 31, 2017
pouls
75
Destroyer returns with an album that has a more standard chamber pop sound to it. Even though it pales in comparison to some of his bigger works, and while this might be a minor work in his discography, this is still a highly enjoyable chamber pop album, and amongst the best albums of 2015 in my opinion. Dan Bejar continues to show a ton of charm with his lyrics and performances, and the instrumentation here is stellar.
May 31, 2017
Felindie
80
Fav Tracks: Times Square, Forces From Above, Archer on the Beach
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August 28, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge, Dead Oceans / Label
Chamber Pop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Times Square, Poison Season
  2. Dream Lover
  3. Forces From Above
  4. Hell
  5. The River
  6. Girl in a Sling
  7. Times Square
  8. Archer on the Beach
  9. Midnight Meet the Rain
  10. Solace's Bride
  11. Bangkok
  12. Sun in the Sky
  13. Times Square, Poison Season II


Added on: May 21, 2015