Bromst - Dan Deacon
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  • Summary: The Baltimore-based artist releases his follow-up to his 2007 album, Spiderman of the Rings.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
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  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. 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.
  3. Itâ??s the hyper-distinguishable leap from idiosyncratic-but-lovable to just-plain-lovable that makes Bromst--and Danny Boy himself--of increased import.
  4. It's Deacon's most ambitious collection of recordings to date. [Winter 2009, p.71]
  5. 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]
  6. 60
    Cheeky, but delightful. [Apr 2009, p.106]
  7. Deacon is a gifted musician capable of so much more, and that makes Bromst feel like a waste.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. JaumeR
    Mar 26, 2009
    A f*cking ten. One of the albums of the year. Cosmic.
  2. JohnnyM
    Apr 17, 2009
    Astounding. Euphoric. Bacchanalian. Bonkers, of course, but also very intelligent and erudite. It's a rare album (especially one so long) that feels so cohesive; it never drags and every track ( with the possible exception of the comparatively brief palate cleanser Wet Wings) feels like an essential piece of a beautifully conceived whole. Collapse
  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. Expand
  4. christianp
    Mar 26, 2009
    Miles and miles better than his last. Lush and triumphant, like some post-apocalyptic mountain-people dance party.
  5. May 15, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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..... Expand
  6. ChrisV
    Apr 7, 2009
    Dan is moving away from his simplicity into the avante garde, but still remaining open, accessible and enthralling. I just hope we can find some live chant-alongs (or equivalent) in this Bromst, because the collective feel was always the key to Deacon's magic. Expand
  7. EricL
    Jul 28, 2009
    Absolutely ridiculous! I love it!