“Thief (vinyl reis­sue)” MERGE

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May 25. Thief is the al­bum on which Destroyer truly hit its stride. Not only did Dan Be­jar of­fer up what was eas­ily his best work to date; with this al­bum, it be­came clear he was a song­writer who wasn’t just pro­duc­ing in­cre­men­tal batches of songs but an en­tire con­nected oeu­vre. He was clearly a stu­dent of rock his­tory but emerged as his own big­gest in­flu­ence. “The Way of Per­pet­ual Roads” is so loose it swings; “City of Daugh­ters” is as sweet a piece of power pop as any of Be­jar’s con­tri­bu­tions to the New Pornog­ra­phers; and “Cana­dian Lover/Fal­con’s Es­cape” re­mains one of Destroyer’s most en­dur­ing an­thems. Lyri­cally, Be­jar was at his sharpest, both in terms of dish­ing out barbs and com­mand­ing the full range of his free-flow­ing po­etry— poignancy to punch­lines with just the right amount of in­scrutabil­ity to keep you lis­ten­ing again and again.

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