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  • Summary: One of two releases from the Rhode Island alternative rock band, Vol. 1 features 10 acoustic folk tracks.
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Doomed From the Start
Deer Tick - Doomed from the Start Now the clouds, they've boxed me in. No virgin light on my virgin skin. Another lie for another win, Reconsider... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2017
    85
    Vol. 1's gorgeous "Sea Of Clouds," Dylanesque "Hope IS Big" and crystalline "Limp Right Back" quiver with quiet emotional power. [No. 146, p.51]
  2. Sep 13, 2017
    83
    The first half of this Jekyll and Hyde act showcases the kind of skillful songwriters and musicians Deer Tick have grown into. The 10 tracks cover a lot of ground.
  3. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    Those unawares of Deer Tick’s five preceding efforts ought to make every effort to catch up. Likewise, those who appreciate the band’s quality and consistency will find Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 to be a perfect pairing, as compatible as their titles imply.
  4. Uncut
    Sep 13, 2017
    70
    Vol 1 is reflective and rootsy, all folkish acoustic guitars, from the elegiac melancholy of "End Of The World" to the hushed vulnerability of "Rejection." [Oct 2017, p.26]
  5. 67
    It’s often messy and sometimes masterful, with the two records reflecting a revitalized band that’s found the footing that eluded them not in youthful disquiet, but in the complexities of getting older.
  6. Sep 14, 2017
    66
    McCauley’s raspy crow often overwhelms the more delicate material, but throughout both albums, the band varies its rhythms and arrangements with surprising agility.
  7. Sep 14, 2017
    60
    Of the pair, Vol. 1 is the most interesting lyrically, but it's uneven--even boring at times--musically, particularly in the last third.

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  1. Sep 30, 2017
    9
    Deer Tick Vol 1 tight acoustics, keyboards and vocals that exceeded my expectations. Sea of Clouds is memorable. The more I listened I wasDeer Tick Vol 1 tight acoustics, keyboards and vocals that exceeded my expectations. Sea of Clouds is memorable. The more I listened I was "Doomed From The Start" you will be too! A little something for everybody in the release-enjoy. Expand