Destroyer - Kaputt
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #7 / 964
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
Based on 669 ratings
2011 Ratings: #11
Liked by 16 people
January 25, 2011 / Release Date
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Tiny Mix Tapes

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

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

A.V. Club

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

Drowned in Sound

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

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.


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.

I've been listening to this album several times to be sure if this deserves the perfect score, and yeah, it does. That is undeniable. Listening to this has helped me a lot mentally when dealing with anxiety, so that's pretty cool.

I think that with a few of the albums I love, they can't be reccomended to everyone. Like, most of my friends absolutely hate Death Grips and also don't have the time for Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This though, I think everyone should give this a listen and will ... read more
Update: It grew even more on me :)

I found this album on a reddit thread almost about one year ago. Someone was praising it a lot, so I decided to save it on my phone (I didn't have a spotify subscription back then), but I didn't really listen to any of it, except when it came on shuffle, but I would mostly skip it.
I kept trying it again and again, now the full album, but I just thought 'meh it's alright I guess'. Until, the day I was building a rather silly house on the sims at like 2 am, ... read more
I did not get it.

Were you guys on something when you listened to this?

Maybe that's why.
Thanks to @thomasny18 for the recommendation

This does not sound like it came out in 2011. In 2011, the only thing I was listening to was Kesha and Katy Perry, and this is 10x better than anything that came out in 2011. I can see why people can like this album but to me, I hate songs that are over 8 minutes and, at the end it kinda felt boring. It's still good tho, and I'll give it some more listenes.
At first glance this album does not differ much from other albums of this type. However, it's only a pretence, because if we focus well on this music, we should easily notice its uniqueness. The production here is wonderful. It's really rare for everything to sound so smooth and beautiful. Here the sound of all these instruments and even the drums is like different, I have a feeling that it's just more interesting and fun than in other productions. I had the same feeling about the music as I ... read more
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Track List

  1. Chinatown 
  2. Blue Eyes 
  3. Savage Night at the Opera
  4. Suicide Demo for Kara Walker 
  5. Poor in Love 
  6. Kaputt 
  7. Downtown 
  8. Song for America 
  9. Bay of Pigs (Detail)
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