Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop Women's Shop Men's

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
2
5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£8.14+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

I seem to have let this one slip by me last Summer but I'm glad to
have now met its acquaintance. Dan Deacon's last venture 'Bromst'
(2009) was a cracker. A single-minded foray into experimental joy.
Mr Deacon's brand of electronica has a truly human side and one
senses that he is a bit of a trickster at heart underneath that
wholesome beard! There is both intelligence and humour at work in
'America'; a tangled but sincere love letter to his homeland.

There are nine pieces in the set, four of which relate to the
album's title ('USA I-IV') but before we get to the heart of the
project there are five other splendid sonic inventions to contend
with. Opening track 'Guilford Avenue Bridge' is a bold, brash and
breathtakingly complex arrangement full of grinding riffs and
mercurial synth lines spinning wildly in the ether above a rip-
roaring percussion foundation. In contrast 'True Thrush' is a
heartwarming piece of chugging quasi-psychedelic pop with all
manner of woodland creates (or so it seems to me) singing and dancing
along to the nursery-rhyme-like chorus. A truly delightful idea.
The the crash and burn and distorted vocals of 'Lots', too, proves
that, despite his left-field leanings, Mr Deacon is a real craftsman
when it come to the business of kicking a good tune into play.

The 'USA' pieces take us into new territory. Aaron Copeland and
Charles Ives might be smiling from the wings at the introduction to
'USA I : Is A Monster' with its panoramic orchestral sweep but Mr Deacon
doesn't keep the high-seriousness going for too long - a sudden switch
a couple of minutes in and he's channeling The Beach Boys! It's a hoot!
The dense piledriving beats of 'USA II : The Great American Desert' and
the more open-textured and playful 'USA III : Rail' lead us by the ears
to the powerful and uplifting anthemic conclusion of 'USA IV : Manifest'
where all the elements of the work seem to coalesce in an epic vista of
monumental beats, grinding chords and elemental 60's-surfin'-harmonies.

'America' is without doubt Dan Deacon's finest work to date. Hurrah for he!

Highly Recommended.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 17 February 2014
I wished id listened
one of the most successful mixes of classical, minimalism and electronica.
blends aggressive sounds with melody
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Customers also viewed these items


Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)