Breakup Song - Deerhoof
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Oct 26, 2012
    90
    Deerhoof's eleventh album continues their long tradition of delighting and confounding in equal measure.
  2. Aug 30, 2012
    88
    With your headphones strapped, the album's dirty optimism will brighten even the darkest, stalest airport-layover experience (true story).
  3. Oct 17, 2012
    85
    For those curious what the San Fran-tastic Four has left in the tank, here's what: false starts, faint praise, fart noises, mischievous grins, horns of plenty, golden deadpanning.... [No. 92, p.53]
  4. This record definitely ranks up there with Offend Maggie and The Runners Four in regards to its emotional immediacy.
  5. Feb 13, 2013
    80
    They just feel more well honed this time around, conveying their music in simple, direct terms.
  6. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    A short, dynamic return to form is similarly earwrenching. [Nov 2012, p.95]
  7. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    Breakup Song is an electric, ultra-fun, frenetic carnival; but, it is most satisfying in its quieter, more spacious moments.
  8. 80
    No-wave krunch meets mutant disco shuffle meets snippets of global radness and, yeah, it's better than Animal Collective's new one.
  9. Sep 21, 2012
    80
    'Breakup Song' manages to hone and control their more outré-moments into a more cohesive structure than before without every compromising the band's predilection for sheer bonkers-ness.
  10. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    A bright, brief, crystalline work that is a more than worthy addition to one of the most consistently excellent catalogues in alternative music.
  11. Sep 12, 2012
    80
    What's astonishing about Breakup Song is how it maintains an intuitive notion of coherence, even with its handling of contradictions. All the while making it look easy.
  12. Sep 7, 2012
    80
    There are no weak tracks on Breakup Song, and the album unfolds at a natural pace. Just short enough to resist sagging at the middle, it also ends with a quartet of songs that are more radio-friendly than anything the band has ever done.
  13. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    The accessible groove of Flower and party-time refrain of ...Candyhands make for just two more standout moments on this terrific album that appears to achieve the impossible: making a breakup sound like just the most fun you could possibly have.
  14. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    While Breakup Songs is hardly less fractured than Deerhoof's other albums, it's also one of their more coherent efforts.
  15. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    Breakup Song is fresh and addictive enough to make listeners fall in love all over again.
  16. 80
    While it's true that Breakup Song barely breaks the half-hour mark, it's really a compliment when the biggest complaint is that a few of the songs don't stick around long enough.
  17. Aug 30, 2012
    80
    It's simply another great album by an indescribably great band.
  18. Aug 30, 2012
    80
    In short; it's new, interesting, and the inevitable remixes are going to be great.
  19. Oct 30, 2012
    78
    Breakup Song brims variety, not just song to song, but moment to moment.
  20. Nov 30, 2012
    75
    Although Breakup Song may not be as focused as Deerhoof's best past efforts, its ideas are just as intense as the radiant semi-truck that appears on the album cover. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.128]
  21. Sep 4, 2012
    72
    A quick, pithy album, with 11 songs lasting just 30 minutes. There are patches of tedium, but the best moments are both surprising and engaging.
  22. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    It's the lighter, trickier touches that stick in the head. [Sep 2012, p.56]
  23. Sep 4, 2012
    67
    Deerhoof revels in eternally turning perpendicular on itself, an optical illusion for the ears that the foursome has perfected with age.
  24. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    It's heartening to see a band still in the grip of an ideas overload 11 albums in. [Nov 2012, p.94]
  25. Sep 28, 2012
    50
    Breakup Song is all right, but ultimately, it's an unnecessary listen. [Nov 2012, p.72]
  26. Sep 24, 2012
    50
    Though their sound is undoubtedly unique, their music has become formulaic.

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