Cryptograms - Deerhunter
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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.
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  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: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. NikolaiF
    Feb 11, 2007
    10
    Solid return. Best shoegaze album since Loveless.
  2. SDK
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    A lovely balance of psychy melodic & noisy turn-a-rounds from this 5 piece of innocents. This is one of those memorable albums, you know the A lovely balance of psychy melodic & noisy turn-a-rounds from this 5 piece of innocents. This is one of those memorable albums, you know the type I speak of. Mm Hmm. Liek that CD you've had since 1989. You wouldn't daret part with it and when you listen, it has to be from start to finish. These cats really know production. However, I would definitely recommned that they work on their live act. Expand
  3. JohnA
    Apr 13, 2007
    10
    The first time I listened to this CD is was OK. But, I listened to it again and again and again.........so the more I listened the deeper and The first time I listened to this CD is was OK. But, I listened to it again and again and again.........so the more I listened the deeper and better the songs became (the sound is hard to define yet it is intricate and deep with the abstract vocals). Then I saw their live show and they put on a PHENOMINAL performance!!! I bought their 2LP and EP at the show and now they are my fav indie group. Expand
  4. mathk.
    Feb 7, 2007
    9
    divided into two parts. one part all weird sounds, the other way cool and catchy tunes. kinda hard to get through the first time but after divided into two parts. one part all weird sounds, the other way cool and catchy tunes. kinda hard to get through the first time but after the second or third listen you realize the cool and catchy tunes kick in at just the right moment and well... it's brilliant. Expand
  5. 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 secondThe 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
  6. GregBH
    Feb 8, 2007
    8
    Refreshing psychedelia. Nice sounds, nothing too jarring. Nice hooks. It all works for me.
  7. MerakeshH
    Feb 6, 2007
    1
    I saw Deerhunter in August and it pains me to rate their album so low because their singer is very nice but I hated every second on this I saw Deerhunter in August and it pains me to rate their album so low because their singer is very nice but I hated every second on this disc. Their live show is okay in a disturbing way but don't buy their records. Expand

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