Kaputt
Destroyer - Kaputt
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #4 / 900
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 322 ratings
2011 Ratings: #4
January 25, 2011 / Release Date
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Merge / Label
Indie Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Kaputt is a rare work of historical interpretation and pop artistry, full of beauty and wonder.

92
Beats Per Minute

It takes a few listens for all its subtle nuances to emerge; repeat visits draw attention to just how well-constructed these songs are

91
A.V. Club

An album that’s as stunning for its straight-faced chutzpah as for its unrepentant, obsessively well-coiffed lushness.

90
Drowned in Sound

He approaches near perfection by combining complex song structures with simple pop melodies.

90
No Ripcord

This is a solid album with some great ideas, and when it’s given the attention it really deserves, those qualities come out in droves.

88
Pitchfork

More than any other Destroyer record, you can just throw this on and it sounds good, and plenty will do well stopping there. But for those so inclined, there's more to explore.

Mar 15, 2017
DEEPSLEEP
100
for fucks sake this came out in 2011, where was i?
Aug 26, 2015
EMR
85
Fantastic effort from Dan Bejar. Kaputt shows the singer/songwriter in some of his most elegant and charming moments, while he breaks some boundaries of pop music and impresses with these nine beautiful tracks. Even though this record sounds great in a simple straight-forward listen, there is so much to explore and analyze in the way Bejar and his band structure each track, that every return makes up for a new discovery among the distinct modern universe extracted from his lyrics and ... read more
Jun 8, 2017
scott96k
90
Late to the party, but wow what an album.
Dec 12, 2012
cwmDJ
91
chilled out ramblings, excellent stuff
Sep 3, 2017
ryansliao
87
A remarkably polished, nuanced, and all around pleasant album. Kaputt manages to be just as memorable as it is accessible, which is quite a tough line to walk. I love all the saxophone and trumpet accents throughout the album. The instrumentals are simply unparalleled. One of the defining indie pop albums of the decade.

Best Tracks: Chinatown, Blue Eyes, Suicide Demo for Kara Walker, Kaputt, Downtown, Song for America
Worst Tracks: Savage Night at the Opera
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