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4.0 out of 5 stars Muted, muffled and majestic, 5 Feb 2010
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Fans of female vocalists from the same stable as Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins), Beth Gibbons (Portishead), CocoRosie and Joanna Newsom will find something to cherish in this beautiful fuzz-imbued record from the ever-reliable Type records.
The album's tracks roll together into one, and are all variations on the same theme of fuzzy guitars, muted vocals and lilting melodies, yet each track has its own distinct merits. Still, the record works best when listened to in one huge slab.
It's an enchanting record, the kind of record Goldfrapp might have had the brains to make if they hadn't gone all disco mad after Felt Mountain. Like a lo-fi version of Beth Gibbons' and Rustin Man's Out of Season, you'll keep coming back for more once you've had your first taste of Grouper.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, 27 Feb 2009
I decided to take a chance on this as it was recommended in a local record store as 'ethereal' and 'sparse' and appealing to fans of Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, etc. I don't know if comparison to these two bands is really fair - this is a little less commercial, though the sound here is quite heavily distorted (or 'disengaged' to make use of the opening track title) much like those bands bearing the shoegazer label. But I wasn't disappointed! The whole album is held together by haunting jangly down-strumming and angelic vocal hooks which somehow work their way further into your consciousness. Can downbeat shoegazer songs be catchy? It would seem so. But with each listen Dragging a Dead Deer... remains just mysterious enough to make you want to go back and listen again, and this makes me glad I took a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grouper's wounded masterpiece, 17 Mar 2013
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This album is Grouper aka Liz Harris' masterpiece. There are other releases of hers that are experimental voyages into noise and fuzzed ambience, but here she strips back the experimental side of her work to let song and melody to the foreground. Deceptively simple, mostly these tunes are just strummed acoustic guitar and her ethereal, angelic voice multi-tracked over the top, all from deep within a well of reverb. But these heartbreaking melodies have an emotional depth and resonance that packs a heavyweight charge.
The first time I heard this album I thought Eh? What is this? I didn't really get it straight away. It doesn't overwhelm you with clever tricks or sparkling production - it's not kicking down your front door begging to be liked. Its not the prom queen, its the quiet kid at the back of the classroom who writes poetry with an aching heart. You have to make space to let it in, give it a chance to wash over you. After a few listens I started to get into the mood, and after a few more I didn't want to listen to anything else.
Because the songs seem so simple and the production is lo-fi its tempting to dismiss it and say huh anyone could do that...but just try it, and you'll quickly see that you can't. Not even Liz Harris herself has been able to repeat the trick. Her recent album The Man Who Died in his Boat is a similar collection of songs, recorded around the same time, but they just don't have the special magic and melody that this collection has. Sometimes for an artist events and personal history converge in a way that produces something purely of its time. This is really a special album - imho one of the best of the 21st century so far. Simple, sad, sweet - pure emotion. If that's what you are looking for then you have found it. Beautiful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Spacey Drone Freak Folk Awesomeness :), 16 Feb 2010
Imagine Bon Iver's and Cocteau Twins' love child has taken drugs and gone into space.

Truly haunting.
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