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  • Summary: The San Francisco-based group takes its eccentric, innovative music making to the next level on its new album, creating solid rock that is as much noisy as it is melodic.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    91
    On this, the group's most consistently engaging album in years, pretty much every one of those ideas works.
  2. Mar 4, 2011
    82
    Deerhoof vs. Evil is more tentative than the group's best work, but its consistently dazzling musicianship carries the band as it explores different themes on a new label.
  3. Jan 28, 2011
    80
    Deerhoof Vs. Evil is a stylishly composed work done from four gifted musicians who are more than happy to be sarcastically snarling at you the whole time.
  4. Jan 10, 2011
    70
    Deerhoof vs. Evil provides one more set of indelible hoof prints that mere feet can't quite duplicate. [Year End 2010, p.69]
  5. Apr 28, 2011
    70
    It's clever stuff, but if it's sweat you want, you're probably better off going for a run. [Mar 2011, p.48]
  6. Jan 25, 2011
    70
    Deerhoof vs. Evil breaks no new ground; The Merry Barracks and C'Moon boast the band's signature mix of dissonance and pop tunefulness, with surreal lyrics that can be too self-consciously quirky.
  7. 50
    Ultimately Deerhoof Vs Evil isn't going to bring about any revolutions by itself. And while the people who love Deerhoof for being Deerhoof will certainly like this, it's no place to start for anyone else.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    9
    Deerhoof have a major ADD problem, stylistically speaking, and it's part of what makes it so good. I sometimes get the impression their albums sound like someone made a compilation out of quirky post-rock bands, and then ask the same singer to cover all songs. They're just basically so creative on this album. So many ideas, with few, if no misfires. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    8
    This album blends wonderful noise-pop hooks and beautiful layers to make their most accessible album yet. For a band that has been recording for almost 15 years, they are still changing their sound however they see fit. That is a quality rarely seen in a band. If you haven't listened to Deerhoof, I suggest you start now. Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2012
    7
    Not Deerhoof's best, but worth checking out for fans of the band. There are a number of great songs on here, like "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness," "Super Duper Rescue Heads," and "Secret Mobilization," but the lows are a bit lower than usual. That said, there are too few weak points for this to be anything other than a good, enjoyable album. Deerhoof is good enough that an "off day" for them still produces entertaining results. Collapse