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Monomania (2013)

Artist: Deerhunter
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Format: CD
Sku: 249061212
UPC: 652637330724
UPC 14: 00652637330724
Release Date: 5/7/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Neon Junkyard
2. Leather Jacket II
3. Missing, The
4. Pensacola
5. Dream Captain
6. Blue Agent
7. T.H.M.
8. Sleepwalking
9. Back to the Middle
10. Monomania
11. Nitebike
12. Punk (La Vie Ant?rieure)
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Rare Book Room, Brooklyn (01/2013-02/2013).
Muze PNote Photographer: Robert Semmer.
Muze PNote Before Monomania's release, Deerhunter described the album's music as "nocturnal garage" -- an accurate, if somewhat elliptical, nutshell explanation of what Bradford Cox and crew (who include new bassist Josh McKay and additional guitarist Frankie Broyles) are up to on this set of songs. After Halcyon Digest's nostalgic haze and the fragile beauty of Atlas Sound's Parallax, it seemed that Cox was drifting further away from the rawness of his early days. He breaks away from this insular turn on Monomania -- to a point. The album's first two songs, the unabashedly messy "Neon Junkyard" and riff-fest "Leather Jacket II," are the musical equivalent of blowing off steam after the more considered, delicate territory of Cox's recent past. It's not until "The Missing"'s chiming guitars and harmonies that Monomania offers something resembling Deerhunter's more recent output, and that song was written by longtime guitarist Lockett Pundt. Cox sometimes goes overboard with his fondness for abrasiveness, as on "Nitebike"'s over the top vocal posturing or the way the odd coughing/barking backing vocals shatter "THM"'s pretty reverie. More often, though, Monomania's willfully raw sounds adopt the tough persona and iconography of rock music with a capital R as shelter, like donning a leather jacket and a sneer as armor against life's hardships. Cox borrows Julian Casablancas' croak on "Pensacola" and Queen's lyrics on "Dream Captain," where "I'm just a poor boy from a poor family" is just one of the scruffy rock clich?s that he celebrates. Deerhunter's more familiar introspection creeps into Monomania's "nocturnal" songs, where the band uses its dreaminess to channel the feelings the album's louder moments try to drown out. They do so especially well on the equally melodic and acerbic "Blue Agent" and the gorgeous "Sleepwalking," both of which examine the chasms between former friends and lovers with very different perspectives. The album may be most interesting when the band plays with its tough/vulnerable duality: the title track is a plea that sounds like it's on fire, while "Punk (La Vie Ant?rieure)" looks back on fearless days with tender acoustic guitars. At times, the album feels more meta than Deerhunter's previous music, a complex way of delivering songs that are often much simpler -- on the surface, anyway -- than usual. By turns raw and reflective, Monomania is about shaking things up; it's not as grand or cohesive as Microcastle or Halcyon Digest, but with repeated listens, its quick shifts in sound and mood feel more like different sides of the same coin than a split personality. Ultimately, it may be most remarkable for how easily Deerhunter can deliver catchy songs in any incarnation. ~ Heather Phares

Producer: Nicolas Vernhes; Deerhunter

Engineer: Nicolas Vernhes; Bradford Cox

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/06/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CAD 3307CD
Music Label Name Label : 4AD (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00652637330724

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.72)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "There is clearly no quietude in Cox's frantic mind, but his obsession yields beauty."

CMJ - "[A] playful swerve of an album..."

Billboard (p.35)
- "[T]he band is back to making big noise -- specifically on the title track and 'Leather Jacket II.'"

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.84)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Cox's newly curdled vocals expose the rawness that's left when romance goes toxic..."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Deerhunter
Product attributeLabel:   4ad Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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