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  • Summary: One of two releases from the Rhode Island alternative rock band, Vol. 2 features 10 rock songs with electric guitars.
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  1. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2017
    85
    Vol. 2's Springsteen-tinged "Don't Hurt," Tom Petty-flavored "Look How Clean I Am" and punk-soaked "It's A Whale" stomp and romp with unrepentant rage and joy. [No. 146, p.51]
  2. Sep 14, 2017
    80
    Vol 2’s serrated guitars, sawdust vocals, tipsy piano and sardonic wit are a scalping delight, while still tapping reserves of tender beauty for Jumpstarting and Pulse.
  3. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    Those unawares of Deer Tick’s five preceding efforts ought to make every effort to catch up. Likewise, those who appreciate the band’s quality and consistency will find Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 to be a perfect pairing, as compatible as their titles imply.
  4. Sep 13, 2017
    75
    For all the noticeable gains Deer Tick has made in its songwriting in recent years, Vol. 2 offers sufficient proof that it hasn’t lost its raw nerve.
  5. Sep 14, 2017
    70
    Unlike Vol. 1, which ran out of steam during its last third, Vol. 2 keeps its momentum from beginning to end, clattering and shambling through its 33 minutes without a false step.
  6. Sep 14, 2017
    70
    McCauley’s raspy crow often overwhelms the more delicate material, but throughout both albums, the band varies its rhythms and arrangements with surprising agility.
  7. Sep 28, 2017
    60
    Deer Tick could have done a lot with their plethora of strong songs: made painful cuts to release a regular album, or shoehorned an overarching narrative in and called it a concept album. But the simplest solution was the correct one. They just put out two good records on the same day, inviting but not forcing listeners to associate them.

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  1. Oct 5, 2017
    10
    Too bad E Diddy Shrimp again does not acknowledge bands like this. He is still trapped in a 80's hair band time machine. This album #2 theToo bad E Diddy Shrimp again does not acknowledge bands like this. He is still trapped in a 80's hair band time machine. This album #2 the rocking one, are some of the best songs they have ever written. Don't Hurt and Jumpstarting are great songs very good sonically with very catchy hooks. Lyrically you cannot help but sing along. My favorite song off this album is SMF. It is as classic a Deer Tick song as there is in their entire catalogue. It sounds like a Divine Providence track for sure. I for one am happy Deer Tick didn't break up because this album proves for their genre of music they are elite. Not to mention they have a cult like following as well. Expand