Microcastle

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  • Summary: The rock group from Georgia recorded the album in a week in Brooklyn, New york.
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
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  1. It may end angrily, but when it’s all said and done, Microcastle is a blissful retreat from the known.
  2. The bolder sound signals that Deerhunter is now less concerned with the scarring effects of loss, conflict, and the passage of time, and more concerned with the ways to escape those things--even if that escape is fleeting.
  3. In putting the brakes on their revolutionary impulses to instead embrace old tropes and familiar sounds, Deerhunter has hit upon an endearing, awesome universality.
  4. Fresh on the heels of his deliciously spooky Atlas Sound solo album, the bizarre and beguiling Bradford Cox outdid himself again on his Brooklyn-based band's third record.
  5. 80
    Microcastle could be 4AD's best release in well over a decade. [Dec 2008, p.108]
  6. On the group's third album, the usually extroverted singer, known for sporting dresses onstage, seems to be withdrawing, embracing a more delicate, acid-dipped sound. Microcastle has only one rave-up, but it's a killer: 'Nothing Ever Happened.'
  7. Deerhunter's latest features more pop melodies and fuzzy soundscapes, forsaking the raw, intense sound we all love.

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  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
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  1. WesM
    Oct 29, 2008
    10
    My only complaint is that I don't get why "Nothing Ever Happened" is widely considered the highlight of the album. And that's not My only complaint is that I don't get why "Nothing Ever Happened" is widely considered the highlight of the album. And that's not really a complaint at all. Expand
  2. JaredS.
    Oct 28, 2008
    10
    Bradford's and Lockett's guitar work is amazing. One of the best albums of the year for sure. I'm going to the record release Bradford's and Lockett's guitar work is amazing. One of the best albums of the year for sure. I'm going to the record release show in Atlanta and I'm super pumped. Expand
  3. joes
    Nov 7, 2008
    10
    This is probably the best album of the year. There's no filler in this album specially with tracks like Agoraphobia, Neither of us This is probably the best album of the year. There's no filler in this album specially with tracks like Agoraphobia, Neither of us Uncertainly and Microcastle. Highly Recommended. Expand
  4. WillieG.Christmas
    Nov 1, 2008
    10
    This band, and it's visionary frontman, seem capable of almost anything at this point.
  5. DavidC
    Oct 31, 2008
    10
    How could they improve on the schizophrenic brilliance of Cryptograms? Like this.
  6. marko
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    Really a remarkable album; i would argue that this was my favorite of the decade.
  7. rodnim
    Dec 3, 2008
    5
    Please dont compare this to Loveless, they are Irish heroes.. this is emo drivel for the most part.

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