Breakup Song


Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Sep 4, 2012
    Breakup Song is fresh and addictive enough to make listeners fall in love all over again.
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    Breakup Song brims variety, not just song to song, but moment to moment.
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    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.
  4. This record definitely ranks up there with Offend Maggie and The Runners Four in regards to its emotional immediacy.
  5. Oct 15, 2012
    Breakup Song is an electric, ultra-fun, frenetic carnival; but, it is most satisfying in its quieter, more spacious moments.
  6. 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.
  7. Sep 21, 2012
    '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.
  8. Aug 30, 2012
    It's simply another great album by an indescribably great band.
  9. Sep 4, 2012
    While Breakup Songs is hardly less fractured than Deerhoof's other albums, it's also one of their more coherent efforts.
  10. Magnet
    Oct 17, 2012
    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]
  11. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2012
    A short, dynamic return to form is similarly earwrenching. [Nov 2012, p.95]
  12. Sep 20, 2012
    A bright, brief, crystalline work that is a more than worthy addition to one of the most consistently excellent catalogues in alternative music.
  13. 80
    No-wave krunch meets mutant disco shuffle meets snippets of global radness and, yeah, it's better than Animal Collective's new one.
  14. Sep 12, 2012
    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.
  15. Sep 4, 2012
    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.
  16. Feb 13, 2013
    They just feel more well honed this time around, conveying their music in simple, direct terms.
  17. Aug 30, 2012
    In short; it's new, interesting, and the inevitable remixes are going to be great.
  18. Q Magazine
    Oct 22, 2012
    It's heartening to see a band still in the grip of an ideas overload 11 albums in. [Nov 2012, p.94]
  19. Sep 4, 2012
    Deerhoof revels in eternally turning perpendicular on itself, an optical illusion for the ears that the foursome has perfected with age.
  20. Aug 30, 2012
    With your headphones strapped, the album's dirty optimism will brighten even the darkest, stalest airport-layover experience (true story).
  21. Oct 26, 2012
    Deerhoof's eleventh album continues their long tradition of delighting and confounding in equal measure.
  22. Sep 24, 2012
    Though their sound is undoubtedly unique, their music has become formulaic.
  23. The Wire
    Oct 3, 2012
    It's the lighter, trickier touches that stick in the head. [Sep 2012, p.56]
  24. Sep 7, 2012
    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.
  25. Uncut
    Sep 28, 2012
    Breakup Song is all right, but ultimately, it's an unnecessary listen. [Nov 2012, p.72]
  26. Under The Radar
    Nov 30, 2012
    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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 19, 2016
    This is only the 3rd album I've listened to by Deerhoof as I am just getting into them (the other two being The Runners Four and La IslaThis is only the 3rd album I've listened to by Deerhoof as I am just getting into them (the other two being The Runners Four and La Isla Bonita). But this is so far my favorite one. Every song blew me away. Very energetic and unpredictable. Basically every song is a knockout. Full Review »