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  • Summary: The experimental San Francisco outfit led by Rob Fisk and Greg Saunier return with what is by far their lengthiest (and calmest) release yet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. This is nothing short of a monumental piece of work.
  2. Interesting, unique, weird and inviting.
  3. All told, it's another triumph for a band whose creative peak seems to defy gravity with each passing year.
  4. The Runners Four is simply another interesting collection of tunes from a group that refuses to curtail its trespasses across musical boundaries.
  5. Deerhoof are clearly interested in extending the possibilities of the classic four-piece format.
  6. For the uninitiated, they churn out a joyless mess of badly tuned indie guitar, spasmodic jazz drumming and cutesy vocalisations, and on 'O'Malley, Former Underdog' they overlay this with irritating electronica that is reminiscent of the noise your discman makes when your mobile phone is in the same pocket.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 11 out of 42
  1. Jan 26, 2011
    This is one of the most tragically underrated albums on this site. It's a cutesy-brutesy masterwork with tons of delightfully catchy riffs and melodies counterpointed by jagged, face-melting rock-outs, often in the same song. A lot of people can't get over Satomi Matsuzaki's voice and the group's undeniable weirdness, but anyone willing to embrace Deerhoof's eccentricities will find a lot to love here. Few albums can put anyone in a good mood as effortlessly as this glorious, sprawling mess of kitschy ear candy. Expand

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