Deerhunter CD review [Kranky]

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Deerhunter CD review [Kranky]
Mar 19, 2007, 04:19



Deerhunter's Cryptograms is a conjoined twin marked by different personalities. It's literally two pieces, recorded months apart, that seamlessly converge. The first half is seven tracks that alternate explosive, unnerving psych freak-outs with bursts of ambient soundscape, while the second half embraces a much more lush approach that cools the adrenaline surge. The split personality is the result of a series of tragedies that almost prevented Cryptograms from being made. It's the product of a string of bad luck that captures the band on edge and about to break followed by a placid shoegaze drone that offers a more relaxed state. Deerhunter has a tendency to cultivate polarization as there are those who love and those who hate and it's passionate on both ends. Their live shows have been labeled religious as well as unbearable. I like a band that brings out the best and worst in people, one who really pisses people off while enrapturing others. It's a balance of extremes and Deerhunter does it well. [Kranky]

-Troy Brookins

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