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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Chicago indie rock trio Dehd was produced by the band's singer/guitarist Jason Balla and mixed by Craig Silvey.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 26, 2022
    90
    Blue Skies elevates Dehd's mysterious auras, thoughtful experimentation, and strong songwriting, but reaches its highest levels of beauty and intensity when the band shares more of their unobscured personalities.
  2. May 27, 2022
    80
    Some of the top lines are nagging in their immediacy – the joyous “do-do-do’s” on the 90-second Bop positively tickle you in the armpits – but others are cleverly minimal, like the announcements on the chorus to Empty in My Mind.
  3. Jun 3, 2022
    80
    The album packs a lot of ideas—and songs—into its brief 33-minute runtime, preventing almost any song from overstaying its welcome. ... The result is some of their loosest, most fun work.
  4. May 26, 2022
    79
    After clocking more hours in the studio this time around, the band sound even more assured. On Blue Skies, those telltale hooks manifest themselves again on nearly every song.
  5. May 31, 2022
    77
    On Blue Skies, they made the best choice, which is the only choice: Change nothing. Not one thing.
  6. May 26, 2022
    77
    Post-punk bands tend to veer dark and brooding, but Dehd avoid that here, putting all of their energy into sunny anthems filled with dizzying coos, lighthearted hooks and charming rhythms. It all helps them bounce across the record and into our hearts for good.
  7. May 27, 2022
    70
    Control gives Dehd room to deepen their sets and expand their sound but most importantly lays the groundwork for an even better and more lush album that could follow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Jun 4, 2022
    10
    Great new Dehd album. Blue Skies is a fantastic follow up to Flower of Devotion!
  2. Jun 17, 2022
    10
    It is surprisingly addictive. On the first earings it looks like it is going to be one more catchy pack of songs, but after that it becomesIt is surprisingly addictive. On the first earings it looks like it is going to be one more catchy pack of songs, but after that it becomes obvious there is a lot more than that. It is refreshing without being too sweet, it is straiggt forward without being trivial and it is full of layers without being snob. Expand