Destroyer's Rubies

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Destroyer's Rubies
Destroyer's Rubies (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Destroyer
Released February 21, 2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 53:46
Label Merge
Producer John Collins, David Carswell
Destroyer chronology
Notorious Lightning & Other Works
Destroyer's Rubies
Trouble in Dreams

Destroyer's Rubies is the seventh studio album by Canadian indie rock band Destroyer, released on February 21, 2006 on Merge Records.


The album peaked at #24 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers music chart, and made it to #30 on the magazine's Top Independent Albums chart.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press4/5[3]
The A.V. ClubA[4]
Blender4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
Uncut4/5 stars[10]

Destroyer's Rubies received widespread acclaim from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 88, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[1] Matt LeMay of Pitchfork gave the album a very favorable review, stating: "The album is structurally complex, thematically dense, and labyrinthine in its self-referentiality. Dan Bejar's vocals are, like many of his indie contemporaries, yelpy and dramatic, and many of his lyrics seem preordained to serve as mp3 blog headers. In other words, the qualities that once made Destroyer albums so "difficult" make Destroyer's Rubies a perfect record for this critical moment."[7]

Pitchfork placed Destroyer's Rubies at number 158 on their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dan Bejar.

2."Your Blood"4:14
3."European Oils"4:52
4."Painter in Your Pocket"4:09
5."Looters' Follies"7:25
6."3000 Flowers"3:46
7."A Dangerous Woman Up to a Point"6:01
8."Priest's Knees"3:06
9."Watercolours into the Ocean"4:43
10."Sick Priest Learns to Last Forever"5:53
Total length:53:46



  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Destroyer's Rubies by Destroyer". Metacritic. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Destroyer's Rubies – Destroyer". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies". Alternative Press (213): 204. April 2006. 
  4. ^ Battaglia, Andy (February 15, 2006). "Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sinagra, Laura (April 2006). "Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies". Blender (46): 111. Archived from the original on May 4, 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ Hermes, Will (February 20, 2006). "Destroyer's Rubies". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b LeMay, Matt (February 20, 2006). "Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ Kelly, Jennifer (February 19, 2006). "Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies". PopMatters. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Quick Cuts". Spin. 22 (3): 95. March 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies". Uncut (119): 94. April 2007. 
  11. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009.