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Destroyer of the Void [Digipak]
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Album: Destroyer of the Void [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Destroyer of the Void
2)    Laughing Lover
3)    Below the Hurricane
4)    Man Who Would Speak True, The
5)    Love and Hate
6)    Heaven and Earth
7)    Dragon's Song
8)    Tree, The
9)    Evening Star
10)    Lover Leave Me Drowning
11)    Tailor, The
12)    Sadie
 

Album: Destroyer of the Void [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Destroyer of the Void
2)    Laughing Lover
3)    Below the Hurricane
4)    Man Who Would Speak True, The
5)    Love and Hate
6)    Heaven and Earth
7)    Dragon's Song
8)    Tree, The
9)    Evening Star
10)    Lover Leave Me Drowning
11)    Tailor, The
12)    Sadie
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Kelly Meyer, Kate O'Brien-Clarke, Heather Woods Broderick (strings).
  • Audio Mixers: Michael Van Pelt; Mike Coykendall.
  • Blitzen Trapper's fifth full-length album opens with the Portland, OR-based sextet's most challenging song to date, a sprawling six-minute prog rock epic that will draw forth from the lips of critics words like Queen, Bowie, ELO, Tull, and Beatles. Technically impressive and immaculately arranged and performed, "Destroyer of the Void" removes the kitchen sink from the equation early in the record, which helps pave the way for Destroyer of the Void, the album, to unfold. Frontman Eric Earley's obvious love of the Beach Boys, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young hangs like a fog over the Void, and his reliance on redemptive, outlaw, and biblical imagery often feels like Nick Cave and 16 Horsepower without the torrential brimstone. Album highlights arrive in the form of murder ballads ("The Man Who Would Speak True"), lush desert hymns ("Heaven and Earth"), and Doors-inspired highway rockers ("Dragon's Song"), all of which feel lived in and appropriately sepia-toned. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Trading low-fi ruggedness for gorgeous Americana pop, they conjure Dylan circa JOHN WESLEY HARDING and proggy ELO..."

Spin - "Singer Eric Earley's fantastical yarns match the band's grandiose genre muddling..."

Alternative Press (p.122) - With a piano that echoes like it's in a cathedral in 'Heaven And Earth,' Earley weds nature with humanity."

CMJ - "Like that of many of the great blues-rock classics, such as Van Morrison, Muddy Waters or the Stones, Blitzen Trapper's structure is solid and very traditional."

Billboard (p.32) - "Beatles-esque piano and string arrangements dominate the melancholy 'Heaven and Earth.' But it's the title track that best showcases Blitzen Trapper's ability to quickly shift musical gears."

Paste (magazine) - "[W]ith pristine harmonies set to late-60's psychedelic scuzz. The result is another opus-de-Americana washed in experimental folk-rock..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[F]ull of haunting songs doused in harmonicas, saloon pianos and dusty guitars."

Clash (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #42 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[I]mmensely well-crafted Americana with a strong Beatles fetish at its core."

Uncut (magazine) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he 12 artfully crafted songs here suggest Blitzen Trapper should now be judged in the elevated company of Wilco, Brendan Benson and The Raconteurs."
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