Microcastle - Deerhunter
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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  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. It's a very consistent record, with lots of wide-open spaces and quivering quietness, and just about every sound seems to fit perfectly exactly where it sits.
  5. The placement of certain tracks on Microcastle are an obvious glaring weakness, but one cannot take away the pure execution and quality of the songs.
  6. 70
    Scary. And at times, scary good. [Nov 2008, p.73]
  7. Deerhunter's latest features more pop melodies and fuzzy soundscapes, forsaking the raw, intense sound we all love.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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 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 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 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. SeanP
    Oct 29, 2008
    10
    I had this album on my computer for 2 months before it was released on CD, listening to it consistently. And I still bought it.
  6. Chris
    May 12, 2009
    10
    A really awesome album that has made this band one of my favorites.
  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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