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    Just picked up the LP this afternoon and I have to say, being a big fan of Deerhunter from the start, this album blew me away. It may be too early in the year for me to crown this album of the year, but whatever comes out will be hard pressed to beat this one.

    From start to finish I love this album. My favorite tracks on here are Revival, Helicopter, Basement Scene and Desire Lines.

    What do you all think?

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    I'm four listens in, I'm gonna pick up the record tomorrow, and I think this is probably my number two album of the year. I need a better quality recording and good speakers to hear it on, but I have noticed that Josh is much less of a presence on this album, and that Lockett is carrying more of the weight, which I think is great. I've loved this band since they put out Cryptograms, and I can't believe how far they've come in such a short time. It's great to have talked with the guys since they started to get noticed and see how much they've developed since then. Ask me four years ago and I never would have expected that Deerhunter would have made a record like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scary Larry View Post
    My favorite tracks on here are Revival, Helicopter, Basement Scene and Desire Lines.
    Yes, all of those are the highlights for me as well. It's got my crown until someone comes along and takes it away.
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    Wait, this already came out? I'm a horrible fan.
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    I saw them play a quick set at the Apple Store last night. Phenomenal.

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    such an amazing record! and it keeps getting better after every spin! FUCK.

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    Listening to it right now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TallGuyCM View Post
    Yes, all of those are the highlights for me as well. It's got my crown until someone comes along and takes it away.
    Actually, swap out Basement Scene for Sailing now that I think about it. If it weren't for Desire Lines and Helicopter, Sailing would be the highlight of the record.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getbetter View Post
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    Basement Scene is currently my fav. Deerhunter song! This album definitely has to be in the running for album of the year.
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    Basement Scene and Helicopter are great tracks, really enjoying this record can't stop listening to it.

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    I really like "Memory Boy."
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    The intro of "Desire Lines" really reminds me of AF's "Rebellion"

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    Microcastle didn't grab me the same way Crytograms did. There was something to Cryptograms, some weird quality that made me want to listen to it more. This album's got a completely different magnetism, but again, I can't stop listening to it. Desire Lines might climb in as my favorite song of the year if it's not careful.
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    I've yet to give this a listen. Unbelievable!! Considering I am a fan. A big fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Desire Lines might climb in as my favorite song of the year if it's not careful.
    It's already my favorite song of the year, without a doubt.
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    basement scene is the jam

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    Quote Originally Posted by meowlouder View Post
    basement scene is the jam
    Agreed. It's got a "doo-woppy" vibe to it.
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    I mean, it's good. I like all of Deerhunter's stuff, just don't get why everyone thinks they're that great. Their songs lack crescendos and I feel like their albums are too anticlimactic for my preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMills View Post
    I mean, it's good. I like all of Deerhunter's stuff, just don't get why everyone thinks they're that great. Their songs lack crescendos and I feel like their albums are too anticlimactic for my preference.
    Why do all songs have to have crescendos?
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    This is a great record. They've really outdone themselves. And that cover is creepy as Hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TallGuyCM View Post
    Why do all songs have to have crescendos?
    They all don't have to, but I wish they could have some sort of dramatic tension and release at one point or another in their albums. Again, just personal preference.

    I like everything Deerhunter has ever produced, but it will always be background music for me until I can emotionally relate to it.

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    i cannot wait to listen to this album after seeing the reviews, and definitely have to get to the Fonda show.

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    I think their lackluster performance at Coachella has influenced my opinion of them also, as I remember being fonder of them a few years ago. I know it was mostly technical issues that stalled them, but the dudes came off a little too hip / apathetic to me when they were actually playing.

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    Lackluster? Bradford improv'd that badass Coachella Song on the spot while they were having technical issues. That was a golden moment for everyone there.

    I think their sound always has a kind of apathetic tone anyway and it works for their live performance. Can't wait to hear the new tunes at the Fonda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mammoth85 View Post
    Lackluster? Bradford improv'd that badass Coachella Song on the spot while they were having technical issues. That was a golden moment for everyone there.
    Agreed. The rest of their set was only ok though, I think a better time slot/stage would have suited them better. 2pm at the outdoor is almost never fun, and their crowd was tiny.
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    I think the crowd was much more apathetic than Deerhunter themselves, and that's because everyone in the crowd was so fucking stoned.

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    I don't see Casino Versus Japan listed anymore as opener for the Deerhunter show in LA? Ugh!

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    i had listened to only a tiny bit of Deerhunter at that point and I thought they were completely captivating at Coachella - a very good set.
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