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This review is from: Breakup Song (Audio CD)
I am very fond of Deerhoof. A thoroughly likeable group of people, great live act, individual and creative. I had preordered 'Breakup Song' as soon as it was announced, and had been looking forward to its arrival, studiously avoiding any streaming web previews. Big mistake, as it turned out. It arrived today, and went straight on my CD player.
I listened through it, and when it finished and I'd woken up I realised I would have no reason to ever listen to this music again. It's Deerhoof for sure, but the muddy production and just plain uninspired songs and performances make this a poor album indeed. They have always flirted with a playful banality but on 'Breakup Songs' there doesn't seem to be any of the intelligence or wit coming across. It's a grey and ultimately depressing experience to hear attempts at their usually engaging quirkiness fall so very flat. Deerhoof are great musicians, but that's all buried in half-baked electronics and messy arrangements. For some, this may be just what they are looking to hear in a Deerhoof album, but it doesn't connect with me at all - I just get no life or joy from it, just an impression of an uncomfortable forced smile.
I can't talk about individual songs, because I'd have to listen to it again and the CD has gone straight in the bin - I wouldn't even wish to take money off anyone else by selling it on.
A real disappointment for me, at any rate. I'd certainly recommend any potential purchasers, even established Deerhoof followers such as myself, to hear some of the songs first before parting with the old hard-earned.