12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For Deerhunter's sixth studio album, the Brooklyn indie band moves in several directions at once. Leader Bradford Cox has never been comfortable with the idea of "progress," and so he deliberately includes several tunes that are as primitive and as freaked-out as anything the group has ever recorded. "Neon Junkyard" starts the album in greater disarray than Pavement in its '90s heyday, with Cox's vocals distorting to the point where they dare listeners to go further. "Leather Jacket II" continues the assault with further noisy abrasion; then guitarist Lockett Pundt's "The Missing" abruptly switches gears for a song with actual pop potential, which sounds more in line with the band's more recent output. This flexibility makes Monomania an amusing listen and a contradiction to the album's title. "Pensacola" brings back garage rock with a cheerful gait. "Dream Captain" could be a new wave rock hit underneath the scruff. "Sleepwalking" floats into a Foster the People–type strut. But it's the freak-folk of "Nitebike" that's so delightfully weird that it brings forth memories of Skip Spence, Nikki Sudden, and Syd Barrett for the new age.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For Deerhunter's sixth studio album, the Brooklyn indie band moves in several directions at once. Leader Bradford Cox has never been comfortable with the idea of "progress," and so he deliberately includes several tunes that are as primitive and as freaked-out as anything the group has ever recorded. "Neon Junkyard" starts the album in greater disarray than Pavement in its '90s heyday, with Cox's vocals distorting to the point where they dare listeners to go further. "Leather Jacket II" continues the assault with further noisy abrasion; then guitarist Lockett Pundt's "The Missing" abruptly switches gears for a song with actual pop potential, which sounds more in line with the band's more recent output. This flexibility makes Monomania an amusing listen and a contradiction to the album's title. "Pensacola" brings back garage rock with a cheerful gait. "Dream Captain" could be a new wave rock hit underneath the scruff. "Sleepwalking" floats into a Foster the People–type strut. But it's the freak-folk of "Nitebike" that's so delightfully weird that it brings forth memories of Skip Spence, Nikki Sudden, and Syd Barrett for the new age.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
92 Ratings
92 Ratings
castillo555 ,

break yr neck

basically they're doing what the strokes wish they could, but far stronger and stranger like the stooges playing their instruments like they twelve year olds with lots of anger and rc cola.

Maltempi ,

Hungry Like the Deerhunter

This album feels like the bands batteries were recharged with plutonium after a fairly long Deerhunter layoff.
'Monomania', delivers a cohesive album, that moves me in a grittier way then some of there other sold to great albums, singles and extended plays do. Such as Micro Castle or Rainwater Cassette Exchange.
While I can nick pick and say that some songs or perhaps just parts of a song or two feel underdeveloped, to short, etc; the creative, catchy, unique and flat-out nonchalant-cool-swagger of this American record is exactly the way it is suppose to be. This is definitely a great direction after the very good, 'Halcyon Digest', No genre analysis need apply other then TRUlY alternative. They are too eclectic to be musically tight-cast like that. I wish i could write music on this level. (The production and engineering are stellar as well.
I feel this album compliments as oppose to copycats their influences.
Check it out/

Carlo Maltempi-

Mezzaninefloor ,

Uhhh

Well, I must say that I get what they are trying to do, but it falls quite short of what the great punk bands of the late 80's early 90's did.

Trying too hard by saying 'hey, look at me! I'm in a punk band and trying to make the worst sounding record on purpose because its cool and edgy' is not my idea of greatness. The reason the punk bands had crappy sounding, messy records back in the day was because they actually had NO BUDGET and were doing everything on an 8 track tape machine at crummy studio because studio time was expensive. There is an honesty about the lo-fi stuff from the 80's and 90's punk scene that was refreshing, but in the case of Deerhunter attempting to do the same thing in 2013, it just comes off like some serious posing and is tragically underwhelming.

2 stars, just to be nice

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