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  • Summary: The Atlanta-based quartet's fourth album combines calm shoegaze pop and noisy punk rock to create a dreamy, psychedelic sound.
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Helicopter
Take my hand and pray with me My final days in company The devil now has come for me And helicopters circling the scene And I pray for rest Could... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    100
    Halcyon Digest goes by like a breeze, and when it's finished there's nothing better to do than play it again.
  2. 90
    Bradford Cox's jagged, swirling atmospherics reach an apotheosis on this hazy but blissful offering.
  3. Only Deerhunter makes echoes without egos, grounding even Bradford Cox's most wayward divergences in an all-encompassing blend of simple rock stylings.
  4. Mojo
    80
    With Halycon Digest, Deerhunter are dealing in an altogether different kind of tension. [Oct. 2010, p. 90]
  5. While Deerhunter may not be a solo project--though a couple of the songs here were recorded solo--this band is the musical realm of Bradford Cox. And if he hasn't found the same amount of fame as Win Butler or even Avey Tare, then probably it's because the lethargically gorgeous world he has crafted isn't inclusive enough allow large numbers of people in.
  6. It's not as immediate as previous Deerhunter albums, but Halcyon Digest has an appeal all its own: It's as difficult to grasp - and as hard to shake - as a memory lingering at the back of your brain.
  7. Halcyon Digest is, to my mind, the best we've seen from Deerhunter, and a hint that their best is still to come. It's a fascinating document to study, but I'm not sure that makes it all great music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    After every new album that has amazed me this year, I immediately tell myself "Best of the year". But after a few weeks, I dont quite feel theAfter every new album that has amazed me this year, I immediately tell myself "Best of the year". But after a few weeks, I dont quite feel the same way. So this time, I will not say "Best of the year". But damn, it certainly has a chance at taking this spot. Definitely the most beautiful of the year Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2010
    10
    Absolute class. Just when you thought that indie music was dying on it's feet, Deerhunter deliver an collection that is bold, varied, freshAbsolute class. Just when you thought that indie music was dying on it's feet, Deerhunter deliver an collection that is bold, varied, fresh and intelligent. They lead where others will surely follow. it is and will be the album of the year. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2015
    10
    Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter's 2010 psych(?) masterpiece, has recently joined a small batch of other albums I've rated as receiving a perfectHalcyon Digest, Deerhunter's 2010 psych(?) masterpiece, has recently joined a small batch of other albums I've rated as receiving a perfect 10. Why? It's one of the few times I've felt as if I'm in another place while listening to music. 10/10 Expand
  4. Oct 3, 2010
    9
    Ah... what was that I just listened to? I mean, really interesting and I will probably hear it differently each time I listen. Tedious yetAh... what was that I just listened to? I mean, really interesting and I will probably hear it differently each time I listen. Tedious yet insanely pretty, lyrically intelligent without direct meaning, horns that don't know they're playing together and syncopating out a rhythm. I am somewhat led to believe Deerhunter doesn't know what the hell they are doing.....brilliant! Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2010
    9
    I'll just come out and say it..If you don't generally like most indie rock, you won't like Deerhunter. However, this is their mostI'll just come out and say it..If you don't generally like most indie rock, you won't like Deerhunter. However, this is their most accessible release, IMO. On the flipside, if you are totally into indie rock and have been following B. Cox's Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, I can understand why you may think this release represents a step in the same direction, and not a growth step. I wont get into an analysis of the music - there are lots of other reviews here that do a good job of that. But overall, this to me is their best record top to bottom. At least four songs are absolutely stellar. "Helicopter", "Desire Lines", "Coronado", and "Fountain Stairs". Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2010
    8
    A great follow-. It takes their career to the next level, one that is more subtle and more lyrically direct. Some songs are still a bit lost,A great follow-. It takes their career to the next level, one that is more subtle and more lyrically direct. Some songs are still a bit lost, but overall the album has one, big voice. Expand
  7. Oct 9, 2010
    3
    You know, I've listened to the bulk of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound's collective output, and I've realized a couple things...first, as much asYou know, I've listened to the bulk of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound's collective output, and I've realized a couple things...first, as much as everyone claims that this album is unique and a step ahead, it's stylistically no different from their previous album, Microcastle--same heavily treated guitars droning on for way too long, same vocals wailing with forced emotion in the distance, same clunky percussion. This album is by no means a step forward, and a step forward is what Deerhunter really needed. Second, the album doesn't hook you in and make you want to listen to it all the way through--the opener is a snoozer at best. Bradford Cox may like to write "thought-provoking" instrumentation, but he falls flat on his face when he tries to pen music that's in any way catchy. You have to force yourself through the first couple songs, which I suppose was intentional--Deerhunter panders to an elitist indie clientele, right? Overly dry and pretentious music is sure to weed out the majority of listeners and leave only devoted followers of the band. For everyone who isn't a Bradford fanboy, I highly recommend passing this one by. Halcyon Digest is really not worth the extra time or money. Expand

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