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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it when a band comes together, 21 Oct. 2005
This review is from: The Runners Four (Audio CD)
Just like the best band in the world, Melt Banana, did around the time of their stunning "Teeny Shiny" album, Deerhoof have finally jettisoned their kick-it-to-bits-and-selotape-it-back-together approach to songwriting and for once produced a brilliantly coherent collection of songs. This is the sound of a band channelling the spirit of the Magic Band, the Beach Boys, a mummified puffin and a seedless grape whilst still remaining very much on their own planet, hooray! For once I can listen to a Deerhoof album without getting that sudden falling-off-a-bike, shudder-to-a-halt feeling I get occasionally when I'm drifting off to sleep. These fruitcakes have suddenly got very, very good at what they do and you will delight in catchy tune after catchy tune - yea, even in their melodies shall you hear melodies. Hearing this album made me feel like a dog who goes up a mountain to find a bone and comes back down having found lasting spiritual fulfillment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mostly amazing, 27 May 2006
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Jr Arguile "jaganarthur" (rother district, england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Runners Four (Audio CD)
It is chronic problem; albums that are too long or have too many songs on them. This album, especially the first half (which is still ten songs!) is amazing, tracks eight and nine being particularly incredible, however apart from the crazy final song, i can't help but feel it drags on for a bit too long. It's actually just under an hour, but it feels like longer, and after a while deerhoof's particular disjointed style becomes a little wearing, and it is difficult to maintain that sense of bedazzled wonderment that you felt when you first put it on. But that's actually the only problem. Musically, this album is brilliant, and sometimes absolutely amazing. It is produced perfectly. The guitar sounds are wicked, and the dodgy rhythmic patterns are wonderful. And despite the harsh sound, insane playing and bizarre time signatures the songs are for the most part suprisingly catchy, in fact very catchy. The absurdly high pitched vocals sing melodies I cannot believe exist, but they do! Deerhoof have a very original sound that is impossible to resist, although I must say you are quite glad when the album ends.
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