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After breaking through with a sound reminiscent of Replacements-era rock ‘n’ roll (right down to the drunken chaos), Deer Tick returns with Negativity. This album is so refined that John J. McCauley sounds like a different man leading a different band—on every track. “Mirror Walls” kicks into a conservative AOR guitar-organ sound worthy of Jakob Dylan’s Wallflowers. “Just Friends” sits down at the piano for a touch of Jackson Browne, while “Hey Doll” uses the same piano for a run at The Band. “Mr. Sticks” brings out a vocal style eerily close to Tom Petty's. R&B horns strike up the soul showcase “Trash,” while “Thyme” mimics the spooky blues of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You.” Vanessa Carlton plays Tammy Wynette to McCauley’s truck-stop country singer on “In Our Time.” Lumbering hard rock blues (“Pot of Gold”) leads into the acoustic finale, “Big House.” With Negativity, Deer Tick achieves something truly unusual.

Customer Reviews

Slightly Bummed

I've always been such a fan of Deer Tick and I loved the raw and rough sound of their previous albums. This one sounds too produced and just unfamiliar for me, an avid DT listener. Of course I will always support them, its just definitely not my favorite.

Only Love in the Water

Obviously music affects every person differently. But here's what I heard and felt: Cheers (yes the show), Labyrinth, Alice and Chains, Keb Mo and BB ala Willie Nelson's Milk Cow Blues, and a little John Prine, but all distinctly Deer Tick. This is such a great album. The fellas can be proud of this one. The haters better get creative. Because there's only love in these waters.


Yup, they seemed to have managed to progressively get worse since their first album....This album is slow, depressing, and boring.


Formed: 2004 in Providence, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

John McCauley, the songwriter behind the Deer Tick moniker, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where he began his career by teaching himself to play drums, guitar, piano, and pedal steel. McCauley started recording his own compositions and touring the area while still in high school, and he widened his circle after graduation by touring the entire country. Although he'd often perform solo, the young musician began piecing together a proper band, occasionally playing as a duo with drummer Dennis...
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