Monomania (LP)


Deerhunter

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Kevin LaRose, Hollywood 09/01/2013

This is a great record, kind of a departure in sound but also not really. It sounds like a Deerhunter LP, but also different. They take risks while still playing it safe, and it sounds really good as a result.


05/06/2013

Deerhunter have released yet another highly addictive album with Monomania, which scraps some of the dream-pop influence of their past few records for a scrappier, garage-rock-oriented sound. It successfully calls to mind the fury of their earlier work without sounding like a retread or sacrificing the tunefulness of their newer work, instead feeling like a necessary shedding of elements and scope to distill their sound and focus on the songs themselves, which are as strong as ever. After opening with a couple of shredders — “Neon Junkyard” is like a backyard acoustic jam spray-painted in grime, while “Leather Jacket II” loops riffs and noise and echoes out Bradford Cox’s vocals to infinity — the album grips its melodic core with “The Missing,” a beautiful, simple pop ballad by the band’s underrated second songwriter, guitarist Lockett Pundt, whose ever-affecting guitarwork is only upended by his own shockingly emotive vocals in a new high for the shy-seeming Pundt. It’s followed almost hilariously by “Pensacola,” a straight-up honky-tonk rocker in which Cox and co. play both sides of the coin brilliantly — it isn’t ironic per se, but a knowing wink helps sell lyrics like “The woman that I love took another man/Well nothing ever ends up quite like what you planned,” or “Dream Captain’s” Queen-reffing “I’m a poor boy from a poor family.” Down and dirty suits Deerhunter. The insidious little riffs of “Blue Agent” are subtly intoxicating, and the scuffed-up presentation makes the jazzy chords of “Sleepwalking” all the more glorious. Monomania doesn’t quite have the emotional heft of an album like Microcastle, but its tossed-off nature is a big part of its charm, and buried beneath the din are songs as gorgeous and haunting as ever.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Neon Junkyard
Deerhunter 02:52
2.
Leather Jacket II
Deerhunter 03:09
3.
The Missing
Deerhunter 03:41
4.
Pensacola
Deerhunter 04:00
5.
Dream Captain
Deerhunter 03:02
6.
Blue Agent
Deerhunter 03:30
7.
T.H.M.
Deerhunter 04:19


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sleepwalking
Deerhunter 03:08
2.
Back To The Middle
Deerhunter 02:37
3.
Monomania
Deerhunter 05:19
4.
Nitebike
Deerhunter 04:17
5.
Punk (La Vie Antérieure)
Deerhunter 03:27

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