Cryptograms - Deerhunter
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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the second LP for the Atlanta five-piece known for their experimental psyche tunes and blistering live shows.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Yeah, the alternate/alternating track sequence is screwy for the first seven songs or so — Deerhunter build momentum only to lose it. But it gives the album’s backside something of a black-and-white-to-Technicolor moment.
  2. Although it's definitely a bit bi-polar, Cryptograms still gets high marks for offering up a slew of great tracks and actually gaining strength the longer it goes on.
  3. Cryptograms is a tonal wash of brisk speed kicks and seasick comedowns, the kind of thing you could lose an afternoon to.
  4. Cryptograms is by no means a flawless record, but taking the time to speak its language, tap into the dueling forces that make it tick, is an intriguing reward.
  5. This album has something for everyone and will appeal to the kids who like ambient drone pieces and folks who love songs with great pop hooks - and everyone in between.
  6. An album as ultimately disappointing as it is initially thrilling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    8
    The album takes quite a few listens to sink in. The first half of the album is mostly comprised of instrumental tracks, whereas the second half is made up of some nice psychedelic pop. Overall a great album with the stand out track being Spring Hall Convert. Expand

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