• Record Label: Partisan
  • Release Date: Oct 24, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
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  1. It's sure the right course correction for guys who've always fetishized the eternal old-timey more than any band from goddamn Providence should.
  2. Magnet
    Nov 15, 2011
    Though Deer Tick has moonlighted as a Nirvana tribute band, it's the group's love for the Replacements that shines on Divine Providence. [#82, p. 55]
  3. Oct 31, 2011
    Deer Tick shows off a level of versatility on Divine Providence, making for a record that will please long-time fans and newcomers alike.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 25, 2011
    It's all served with such a knowing grin that you can't help but love it. [Nov 2011, p.96]
  5. Oct 24, 2011
    It's a freewheelin' LP that features all of what we've come to know and love about Deer Tick without feeling like a rehash.
  6. 80
    Divine Providence, music that the Creator Himself may have sent, is the best, funniest, most detailed, thrilling blast of rock and roll since The Hold Steady's Boys And Girls In America.
  7. Oct 25, 2011
    Deer Tick's members act like kids, but Divine Providence is best when they sound like full-grown men.
  8. Oct 26, 2011
    The Providence-based outfit delivers another terrific effort.
  9. Mar 30, 2012
    As it is, Divine Providence is very good rather than truly great.
  10. Mar 22, 2012
    Setters of trends, they will not be, with this offering. Providers of mindless, chaotic R&R, they most certainly can be.
  11. Oct 31, 2011
    Divine Providence is the group's best album to date, but doesn't necessarily have its best songs to date.
  12. Oct 25, 2011
    On a set of howling rockers, frontman John McCauley pulls a genre jailbreak as impressive as the time that Ryan Adams ditched Whiskeytown to pledge his love for Morrissey and electric Dylan.
  13. Oct 24, 2011
    Their loosest, wildest, and most honest collection of Saturday night/Sunday morning pining/drinking songs to date.
  14. Oct 24, 2011
    Maybe it's the contrast, but the album's cooler-headed and more sentimental songs also thrive in this mess.
  15. 70
    Divine Providence is the Deer Tick we've always known was behind the chugging, 90 proof country rock.
  16. Nov 4, 2011
    Divine Providence is not an album of high art or music morality. It's not going to change young, aspiring artists. In fact, it might even bore some longtime Deer Tick fans with its lack of musical exploration.
  17. Under The Radar
    Nov 2, 2011
    Their purported badassery falls short. [Oct 2011, p.108]
  18. Oct 28, 2011
    Divine Providence apparently isn't a realm for the faint of heart, but those with the verve to vent their all may find it a welcome retreat.
  19. Oct 25, 2011
    Deer Tick lacks the discipline not to attack the latter like a barnburner, as well as to fill every inch of its 75-plus minutes like Wilco did.
  20. Oct 27, 2011
    Deer Tick try to score points simply by sounding like they could drink all those bands under the table, and the self-absorbed and even downright hateful Divine Providence ends up drinking at you, not with you.
  21. Oct 21, 2011
    Folks, to my ultimate chagrin, this Divine Providence album wallows in such unencumbered, unmoving crap-it breaks my fucking heart.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Mar 5, 2012
    Pitchfork is the worst thing in the history of music criticism, music, criticism, writing, art, the internet, people, things, the universe.Pitchfork is the worst thing in the history of music criticism, music, criticism, writing, art, the internet, people, things, the universe. Divine Providence is probably the best album since The Strokes landed. Get it. You'll love it. Full Review »
  2. Jun 10, 2012
    Divine Providence propelled Deer Tick out of a circulating category of bands we like into bands we love. The Tick proved it knew how to makeDivine Providence propelled Deer Tick out of a circulating category of bands we like into bands we love. The Tick proved it knew how to make credible Americana a long time ago. But while other albums were good they all lacked one thing: The Great Song. Divine Providence differs from the other albums. For starters, it contains several Great Songs. It also contains a bad song or two. But the latter isn't a problem. Having a clunker actually makes Divine Providence a better record for the same reason that Springsteen and Replacements records are great despite songs like "Cover Me" and "Lay It Down Clown." Deer Tick has ditched most of their furtive searching for the Sun Studios sound and started pondering - of all things - 80s rawk (think Bob Seger or .38 Special). Again... And this is a tough sell, but stick with me... It works. It's amazing, actually. Other bands in recent memory have tried this and failed (has anyone else noticed that nowadays Lucero sounds like Shane MacGowan singing Billy Joel songs?). Deer Tick knocks it out of the park. They can also drink you under the table. And while there's a lot of braggadocio... machismo... whatever you'd like to style it... Divine Providence isn't as misogynistic as the 80s rock it's playing off of. I have to echo another reviewer: Pitchfork isn't always lucid in its proclamations. They give punishment scores for breaking dumb scene rules. Getting within a 50 mile stylistic radius of Bob Seger breaks every scene rule there is, but we can learn something here. Our a priory self righteousness is a handicap. Turns out bonehead rawk can be good, if done correctly. My advice to consumers is to get over their prejudices. It can cause one to miss important things. Full Review »