Blitzen Trapper: Destroyer of the Void [Sub Pop, 2010]
7.9 out of 10.0
Depending on when you began listening to Blitzen Trapper and what from their collection you prefer may change your feeling’s on the quartet’s 5th full-length. Gone are the experimental country days of Wild Mountain Nation and their Self-Titled. However, if you were down with 2008’s Furr and liked the folk tunes on Field Rexx then Destroyer of the Void is for you.
The album begins with the most (and really only) experimentala nd progressive track on it. The six minute title track hones in American classic southern rock roots and fuses it with a Queen-like epicness with it’s changing rhythms and movements. However, for better or worse, the album settles into the Americana folk scene the band has been leaning towards and continues what the band built with Furr.
The album is a solid listen from beginning to end pulling influences from the late 60’s acts like Bob Dylan and the Band on tracks like “The Man Who Would Speak True,” or to the more classic American rock of the 70’s on “Love and Hate.” What makes every Blitzen Trapper album amazing in its own way are the plethora of influences that can be heard throughout it. Destroyer of the Void is not lacking in this. From the British rock of the 60’s to folk sounds of Paul Simon, they’re all in there somewhere mixed with the gritty, yet smooth sliding vocals of frontman and songwriter Eric Earley.
Each track features something a little different than the last whether it’s the beautiful piano intro on “Heaven and Earth,” to the lovely vocals of Alela Diane on “The Tree.” There is a song to strike the fancy of every kind of music lover. To describe the sound of Blitzen Trapper to a newcomer is to paste a modern music history course in someone’s head, but it’s much more effective to give them a copy and let them decide for themselves.
– Heaven and Earth
– The Tree
– The Man Who Would Speak True