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  • Summary: The third album for the Portland, Oregon-based indie pop singer Liz Harris.
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  1. Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, can simultaneously be one of the most delicate, affecting albums of the year, and, yet, at the same time have such a strange, menacing name.
  2. More than just a pretty acoustic record, Harris, through Grouper, has created a startlingly vivid and brooding shoegaze gem that works in spite of its length and first impressions.
  3. Dead Deer is druggy and sexy and arty and pretty, but never pretentious.
  4. Despite all these potential distractions, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill remains, quite simply, a beautiful album, possibly because. Harris feels so comfortable in her own skin.
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    A psych-folk bent for harmonic discord and atmospheric dread finds something forever sinister lodged at the album's heart: the kind of beauty that makes sailors run aground. [Dec 2008, p.102]
  6. I can’t help but feel that this album wants to have it several ways, but the net result of following all those paths means it plays out only one way.
  7. This Liz, however, can still produce a satisfying forty-five minutes or so of 4AD-styled mysterious, drifting amorphia (complete with acoustic guitars and pretty vocals), and that’s rare enough that Grouper are worth watching.
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  1. Apr 26, 2013
    Grouper craft a compelling listen with Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill. From the first track, the vocals and the minimalist approach to their sound are haunting. The production I thought was fantastic for being an independent record. The way the songs lap onto each other as if it is still the same song was really unique.

    Grouper managed to not only make a great record, but blow me away in the process.