Destroyer's Rubies

Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2006 Ratings: #7 / 689
User Score
Based on 239 ratings
2006 Ratings: #19
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A.V. Club

It's an easy Destroyer album to love, approachable as both a collection of strong rock songs and a literary exercise in just how far songs can stretch to make sense of the words within them.

Coke Machine Glow

Bejar sells this, repackaged with a gloss of eccentric abstraction, decorated with tangential jam sequences, multiple refrains scattered throughout each track, and enough consistency in symbol and imagery to persuade the poetry seekers that there’s a coherent theme to be divined.


Hooky, spare, and lush all at once, guitars flutter, drums roll, the piano sits under a snifter, and Bejar's elliptical lyrics still confound.

No Ripcord

Here inside this pink plushy work, this stadium sized blister of rock perfection, this pristine achievement of musical synthesis and epic intention - is everything you need to begin your tax-deductible Destroyer autopsy.

Much like John Darnielle, everything outside of Bejar’s verse should be seen as peripheral — a means to deliver the lyrical ends. Within this context, it’s hard to deny Bejar’s excellence in his chosen medium.

Encapsulating and elevating the best of Destroyer's back catalog, Destroyer's Rubies serves as a potent reminder that the intelligence of Bejar's songs has never obfuscated their emotional weight.

Entertainment Weekly

With Destroyer’s Rubies, his insider snipes at indie-rock pretense show Wildean wit. Yet his rhymes are equally fun for outsiders: glammy, hammy, and riding guitar-powered chamber-rock roller coasters.

Drowned in Sound

Destroyer's Rubies is an inadvertent Guide To Destroyer - every defining quirk, every 70's pop nod and ill-advised but forgivable falsetto is condensed and framed, only without becoming something fans of Bejar will have all heard before.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Almost everything Destroyer records is the sound of a struggle, and Destroyer's Rubies might be the most endearing confession to date.


Bejars songs have, in the past, sometimes seemed like vehicles for his lyrics, yet with Destroyer’s Rubies he seems to have made peace with the musical element of his work as well.


Rubies is heavy on pop craft ... but it's more than just the art-house theater to the Pornographers' Twin Cinema, it's the absinthe-drunk projectionist reveling in the sheer hedonism of it all.

NOW Magazine

The most intriguing part of the songs on Destroyer's Rubies is their meta-ness -- every track contains sonic references to different moments in 20th-century rock, from the Hendrix-Dylan mash-up on Sick Priest Learns To Last Forever to the Pixies echoes on 3000 Flowers.

BAND OF THE WEEK: Album Review #2

"Why can't you see that a life in art and a life of mimicry/Its the same thing!?"

Trying to decipher Destoryer lyrics is the equivalent of being a one-man study group trying to understand Finnegan's Wake told from the perspective of the unreliable protagonist of Pale Fire. It's impossible but alluring. The ramblings of a pessimistic genius over modern piano ballads sounds like a hipsters wet dream; too bad Dan Bejar despises them.

Or does he? Is ... read more
catchy af
So I'm walking side by side with the love of my life along the River Thames in the early hours of the night. To my disappointment, it isn't everything I dreamed it'd be. The stars are hidden behind a blanket of clouds, the air is kinda stuffy, and the river itself smells a little off. But I say something about it all that makes my girl laugh and I realize that there is nowhere else in the world I'd rather be than beside her. Then I think that if the scenery isn't going to amaze her then I'm ... read more
How can someone write this good and put it into song? Bejar easily top 10 lyricist of all time.
Some of my Boris files aren’t working right now and I’m too lazy to listen to the albums other ways so I have been spending my time on a Destroyer discog dive. While many of his albums have unexpectedly blown me away, 2006s Destroyer’s Rubies has certainly been my favorite first listen so far. Starting with the dreamlike, almost Bob Dylan-esque in its self-indulgent, rambling nature “Rubies,” the first five songs fly by in a blissful whir of Bejar’s ... read more
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Track List

  1. Rubies
  2. Your Blood
  3. European Oils
  4. Painter in Your Pocket
  5. Looters' Follies
  6. 3000 Flowers
  7. A Dangerous Woman Up to a Point
  8. Priest's Knees
  9. Watercolours into the Ocean
  10. Sick Priest Learns to Last Forever
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