Have We Met

Destroyer - Have We Met
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2020 Ratings: #144 / 414
User Score
Based on 569 ratings
2020 Ratings: #283
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January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Merge / Label
Synthpop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spill Magazine

In essence, no flaws and quite a few high points here, the opener “Crimson Tide” one of them.

85
Northern Transmissions

Despite the few moments where Bejar lulls the listener into an apathy paralysis, Have We Met is one of the strongest albums in Destroyer’s fruitful career.

85
The Line of Best Fit

If you’ve enjoyed anything Dan Bejar has done under the Destroyer moniker, you’ll love Have We Met. If you’ve never heard a Destroyer album before, you’ll probably love it too.

85
Pitchfork
On his masterful new album, Dan Bejar moves like a ghost through his familiar and inscrutable universe.
83
Consequence of Sound

Have We Met, though perhaps less ambitious than Destroyer’s best work, is nevertheless their freshest and most enjoyable record in years.

80
Slant Magazine
Not unlike his lyrics—which are the most layered and entertaining they’ve been in years, both dark and funny—the resulting music is as vexing and strange as it is comforting and familiar.
80
The Guardian

Even at their poppiest, Destroyer remain an acquired taste. This time around, it’s one more than worth acquiring.

80
Under The Radar

Even after more than 20 years of recordings, Bejar remains a delightfully unpredictable and inscrutable writer.

80
NME

Dan Bejar's latest electro album offers a sharp, dark look at the world today – and he put himself in the firing line.

80
NOW Magazine

With a dozen albums under his belt, Bejar is known for reinventing himself and setting new sonic parameters from album to album. Have We Met is another new departure, yet it still has that familiar strange storytelling swagger that’s at the heart of Destroyer.

80
PopMatters

Dan Bejar seems omnipresent on Destroyer's first album of the 2020s, moving through the arrangements at his own whim.

80
FLOOD Magazine

With time, the record reveals itself to be one of considerable depth and feeling. It’s elusive, but worth giving yourself over to.

80
Spectrum Culture

Have We Met is nearly impossible to want to exit once you’ve started to mentally map its sounds.

80
No Ripcord

It's only after several listens that the album's wholeness clarifies. Because the tracks tend to be downtempo, reflective, and downright sleepy, it takes time and patience to realize Bejar is working like a good storyteller.

80
Q Magazine
Like eclipse glasses, these songs are a way to see things too intense to stare at directly. Peer through them, though, and there's Bejar's world, darkness and beauty visible.
77
Paste

A hermetic record that is practically self-contained within a computer hard drive. Yet Have We Met never lacks for atmosphere, or a sense of unpredictability that feels kinetic.

70
Exclaim!

Despite its digressions, Have We Met is rich and varied enough to offer more than just throwback thrills. It's further proof that amid both destruction and devotion, Bejar's voice remains compelling.

70
AllMusic

While Have We Met doesn't sound quite like top-shelf Destroyer, it's a fine testament to Bejar's talent and his gift for having things both ways at once, lyrically droll and musically cool and on point.

60
The Skinny

Dan Bejar's new album is a loose, spontaneous collection of tracks that's light but lacking a little of his trademark depth.

60
DIY

‘Have We Met’ seems brighter and more airy than his previous records, which were dripping in sleazy noir. His outlook on the world is no happier than it was before, but the lack of a bigger band brings out a fresher sound in the Destroyer canon.

60
musicOMH

Musically, Have We Met is one of Bejar’s most interesting so far. But the grating oh-so-indie-look-at-me lyrics bash against the beauty of the beats.

60
The Sydney Morning Herald

Even by his own standards, Bejar’s 13th album as Destroyer is oblique.

MasterCrackfox
86
Call it premature hyperbole if you will, but Have We Met is the first truly essential album to be released in 2020. Destroyer come through on their thirteenth effort in a big way, crafting an album that exists within a time vacuum; one of which that could exist in nearly any era and still sound fitting. An amalgamation of synth-laced tones, layered instrumentation, slick guitar notes, and the constantly gripping performance by Dan Bejar, all the pieces of Have We Met seem to gel.

I could ... read more
Doofy
88
Bejar returns with his most minimal and artfully poised collection of ‘outwardly aloof sounding/actually disarmingly intimate’ poetic pop yet.

It feels like a logical continuation of ‘Ken’, in so much as that album strategically retreated a few steps back to a place closer to career standout ‘Kaputt’, but in the process still managed to prise open a few doors for future progression...

...and progress is exactly what we have here. Where ‘Poison ... read more
snowman
40
Bad. Two words: boring & tedious. The instrumentation left so much to be desired, the song content seemed all over the place. As for the vocals, i don’t know what it is but they just ANNOYED me; they sounded arrogant and uninterested. There was no real direction or focus here. I guess this would be okay as background study music but not much else.
usedtobe
90
Finally, the first 2020 record that is an early standout and deserved it so. Dan Bejar always writes poignant, comic yet rewarding tunes with layers and layers of complex instrumentation and lyricism. Never sleep on this one.
morningsbell
76
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Track List

  1. Crimson Tide
  2. Kinda Dark
  3. It Just Doesn’t Happen
  4. The Television Music Supervisor
  5. The Raven
  6. Cue Synthesizer
  7. University Hill
  8. Have We Met
  9. The Man in Black’s Blues
  10. Foolssong
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Added on: October 22, 2019