Destroyer's Rubies

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Destroyer's Rubies
Studio album by Destroyer
Released February 21, 2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 53:46
Label Merge
Producer John Collins, Dave Carswell
Destroyer chronology
Notorious Lightning & Other Works (EP)
Destroyer's Rubies
Trouble In Dreams

Destroyer's Rubies is the seventh studio album from 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
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A[3]
Rockfeedback 4/5[5]
Stylus Magazine B+[6]
Pitchfork 8.5/10[4]

Destroyer's Rubies received widespread critical 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".[7]

Matt LeMay of Pitchfork Media gave the album a very favorable review stating that, "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."[4]

Pitchfork Media placed Destroyer's Rubies at number 158 on their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dan Bejar

No. Title Length
1. "Rubies"   9:25
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: