Bejar often draws comparisons to the late, great Marc Bolan and David Bowie, mainly due to his high, nasal voice. But lately, Destroyer's arrangements only mildly hint at stardust memories.

It's hard to tell if Dan Bejar's Destroyer project is a full-time gig or mere side project. He's drawn plenty of acclaim thanks to his contributions to the more high-profile New Pornographers, but after all, this is his seventh release under the Destroyer moniker, indicating most of his eggs lie in this basket.

Bejar often draws comparisons to the late, great Marc Bolan and David Bowie, mainly due to his high, nasal voice. But lately, Destroyer's arrangements only mildly hint at stardust memories. Opening track "Rubies" clocks in beyond nine minutes, a showcase for Bejar's yarn-spinning talents. The impatient will get testy but this long-winded intro does grow on you.

There are a few Bowie-ish moments, particularly "Looter's Follies" and "A Dangerous Woman up to a Point," where Bejar takes more of a speaking approach to singing. But overall, listeners will struggle to classify "Rubies," as much for Bejar's blurring of bluesy folk, pop and lo-fi indie rock as his unconventional delivery. -- Michael D. Ayers

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