Bromst - Dan Deacon

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. These are thick songs built around left-field ideas, positively fat with melodic contentâ??physically shake the record, and sheets of notes would probably spray out like a colorful rain of tonal Skittles.
  2. On Bromst, Deacon's confidence shines through as he effortlessly combines extremes. [Apr 2009, p.142]
  3. Minor grumbles aside, Bromst is a thrilling, hyperactive album that runs from calm and composed to frantic and frazzled, usually within the space of an intro.
  4. Deacon nips the synthetics that allowed Spidermanâ??s sandpaper production to grate, opting instead for smoothly textured layers, a trick that strengthens a brilliantly executed dance album into dramatically structured art.
  5. Bromst annihilates all the expectations that have come to be expected of Deacon, without abandoning what made him everyone’s favorite dance-party czar.
  6. The music becomes something like a natural process: one clean, simple sweep, but built from an insane complexity of detail. And there's enough to un-knot in there to make this a terrific step for Deacon--out from the sticky basements into a space where he can try to tackle the sublime.
  7. It's Deacon's most ambitious collection of recordings to date. [Winter 2009, p.71]
  8. Bromst is an excellent followup to a slightly more-excellent debut, and proof that Deacon isn't going anywhere.
  9. To conclude that Bromst is a triumph of inventiveness is too easy. It is wildly inventive, but what impresses most is that for all the levity, Dan Deacon has managed to impressively reign in his flights of fancy.
  10. 80
    Right from the get-go, whatever "community" Deacon was aiming for seems to be established--the music is inclusive, it's warm, and it invites you in rather than thrusting itself at you, unlike previous Deacon works.
  11. Maturity can be dangerous to your artistic health, but Bromst shows the right way to mature--broaden your vision while still spending plenty of time on what you do best.
  12. 80
    Even at his most contemplative and nuanced, Deacon remains a DIY trickster at heart.
  13. Itâ??s the hyper-distinguishable leap from idiosyncratic-but-lovable to just-plain-lovable that makes Bromst--and Danny Boy himself--of increased import.
  14. This muscular follow-up ratchets up the internal tension until his exuberant toy-town techno becomes a shot of pure musical adrenalin.
  15. 80
    The success of Bromst is in Deacon's ability to stretch his compositions out, giving space and finding a better bridge between saccharine hooks and sampling experiments than he was able to provide on his previous LP. [Winter 2009, p.98]
  16. 70
    He's a master of sweaty hyperventilation, but it's his less frenzied moments--the techno equivalent of circular breathing--that keep the party from collapse. [Apr 2009, p.59]
  17. Either way, this latest effort is set to be interpreted more ways than the Qur'an and see him sat atop an almighty fence pushing anyone who hears it either side with reckless glee.
  18. Sure, Bromst is a terrific album--it largely builds on "Spiderman of the Rings," injecting Deacon’s manic compositions with a depth and complexity that challenge lazy readings of his work. However, it still feels more like a transition piece than a destination.
  19. 60
    Cheeky, but delightful. [Apr 2009, p.106]
  20. 60
    His 2007's "Spiderman Of The Rings" was filled with good ideas but prone to novelty. Bromst goes a long way to reversing this trend. [Apr 2009, p.84]
  21. His sequel to the quirky, lo-fi assault of 2007's "Spiderman Of The Rings" has a similarly maniac edge, at once mesmerising and unnerving. [Apr 2009, p.102]
  22. Lo-fi freakster doffs cap to minimalism & screaming chipmunks.
  23. Deacon is hampered by his boundless creativity. In his mad dash to leave no pathway unexplored, he neglects to chart a course toward anyplace in particular.
  24. Here we see the often-resourceful Deacon approaching a big canvas with too little paint, and the result is a record which feels bloated, overlong, and ultimately empty.
  25. Deacon is a gifted musician capable of so much more, and that makes Bromst feel like a waste.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. JaumeR
    Mar 26, 2009
    A f*cking ten. One of the albums of the year. Cosmic.
  2. May 15, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The best album of 2009. Bromst sounds like an Animal Collective album, played by a drunken dj, while he was listening to a Vampire Rodents album..... Full Review »
  3. RileyT.
    Oct 5, 2009
    Brilliant is an understatement. "Bromst" is the new watermark for electronic music. More shoegazy than M83, more energetic than Animal Collective. Dan Deacon charted his own path, and set it on fire. Album of the year. Full Review »