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The Runners Four

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  • Audio CD (1 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B000BB18BS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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All I can picture is the practice space! Gray and lots of rain outside. We spent months together. Muted with bursts of technicolor.

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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars bang for buck 8 Mar. 2007
By prepcook - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great album. 19 songs? It has really grown on me, and they have become one of my favorite new discoveries. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Sound 30 Jan. 2006
By parallax7d - Published on Amazon.com
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It's Deerhoof, with a great new sound. A little tighter and more comprehensive this time around, awesome album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tired of challenging us, they challenge themselves 13 Feb. 2008
By Matthew T. Medlock - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though their songs are almost always between two and three minutes, Deerhoof goes for epic on "The Runners Four," collecting twenty songs and squeezing them into a package that runs just under an hour (their last two albums combined isn't much longer than that). It allows for greater range of freedom and more experiments...and a few failures. This is a band that had always been an acquired taste, but forcing us to acquire even newer tastes? At least the group acknowledges its limitations and then says forget it, let's go for it anyway. Brave, and sometimes rewarding.

Deerhoof is better served in smaller doses than larger ones, even after they settled down a bit from their earlier, more hectic days. Like a lot of long tracklist albums (They Might Be Giant's "Flood," more than one Beastie Boys record, countless punk albums, etc.) the band runs out of steam before the end--but instead of regurgitating more of the same, they keep throwing everything they've got at us and hoping it sticks. For the first eleven to thriteen tracks, there's rarely a misstep (opener "Chatterboxes" is merely okay, "Odyssey" is rather turgid), but after that, it's pretty uneven. Maybe it's too exhausting; even for a pop band, Deerhoof can be pretty intense (check out the sweaty and squealing "Scream Team" and the noisy squalor of "Midnight Bicylce Mystery"). But three-fourths of a great album is what we've come to expect from this band, and the individual moments on this one shine brighter than almost anything on their last two.

Best cuts: "Twin Killers," "Vivid Cheek Love Song," "Running Thoughts," "Spirit Ditties of No Tone," "O'Malley, Former Underdog," "Scream Team," "Siriustar," "Midnight Bicycle Mystery," "Wrong Time Capsule," "You Can See," "Rrrrrright," "Spy on You," "Lightning Rod, Run," "After Me the Deluge"
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Turn 16 July 2006
By someguy - Published on Amazon.com
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My first introduction to Deerhoof was getting Apple O' from the library and popping it into my car stereo. After about a song and a half I had had enough and pushed the eject button. I'm always trying to explore into different challenging types of music, but this was too much.

For some reason, that album beckoned me to revisit it and give it another chance. I'm glad I did, because once I got past the utter chaos, high-pitched girl vocals, and seemingly directionless arrangements, I was able to appreciate the melodies, tight chemistry between the players (especially the drumming), and charm that was sitting there underneath everything else.

I think this is where I had an advantage over many of the one-star reviewers of "The Runners Four." I was already prepared for what was coming, and I had a foundation from which to judge this album.

Initially my first thought was that this album was much more subdued and expansive than Apple O'. It is, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The comparison that comes to mind is Modest Mouse and the jump from "Lonesome Crowded West" to "The Moon and Antarctica." The former has just so much energy and is so fun to listen to, whereas the latter is much more layered and takes many more twists and turns, making for an extremely rewarding listen, even if not as immediately satisfying.

"The Runners Four" starts with a very minimalist guitar and vocal duet, then kicks into gear with one of my favorite songs on the album, "Twin Killers." The next song, "Running Thoughts" defines the album to me. The chaos and utter disregard for convention are still there, but with a meditative quality replacing the youthful jubilence of prior albums. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of moments of innocent bliss on "Runners", but they are spotted in between a more evolved and seasoned version of Deerhoof.

I can completely sympothize with those who would rather inflict physical harm than listen to Deerhoof - I was once there. But the ones who never come back to give it a second chance are missing out on one of the best bands of the millenium thus far, which is truly a shame.

I've become obsessed with this band.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Deerhoof Release.. 15 Oct. 2005
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Before this even came out, I'd heard many of the new songs already, live (they sound ten times better live!), and i knew this one had to be good. And of course, it was. Now, this isn't their BEST one, but it's defenitly a great album.

It starts off with a nice "only guitar" song, then becomes stronger and stronger. Just some of the usuall greatness we come to expect from deerhoof! In the middle it stays strong, but kind of fades towards the end (i guess I'm not a fan of REALLY long albums...) which was kind of dissapointing. Some of the stuff in the end, in a way, reminds me of the fun jangly stuff from "the man the king the girl", but not with the touch or rawness of the first album.... But the feeling that you get from many of the songs is amazing, reminding me of my first experiance with Apple O, my favorite!

In my opinion, its a real improvement from milk man, and a great album. If all bands were as great as deerhoof, i'd give this four stars, but a band this great deserves five.... no matter WHAT! that's my rationale....

So if youre already into this band DEFENITLY get this, and you'll have no fear or regrets whatsoever, but if youre a beginner, start out with apple o or something.

oh yea, and see them live, because it will be one of the GREATEST days of your life, if you do!
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