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Trouble in Dreams (Merge)

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Dan Bejar is one of indie-rock's most accomplished stylists. The Vancouver-based singer and songwriter has honed a vision uniquely his own over the past decade, as both a member of the New Pornographers and as frontman for Destroyer. On the latter group's eighth album, Trouble in Dreams, Bejar replaces the glam elements that permeated 2006's Destroyer's Rubies with a folksy psych and cocktail-hour amble.

This is mostly Bejar's show. Guitarist Nicholas Bragg unleashes a few raw peals, but he mostly just hangs back, coloring Dreams with understated and atmospheric runs. Meanwhile, Bejar holds center with his speak-sing croon and inscrutable but evocative lyricism, which pulls together "Rivers," a sinewy, piano-driven paean to the course of life, and "Shooting Rockets (From the Desk of Night's Ape)," the album's luscious eight-minute centerpiece.

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