Halcyon Digest (studio album) by Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest is ranked as the best album by Deerhunter.
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.9/100, a mean average of 80.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.9.
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Some real standout tracks - Revival, Desire Lines and He Would Have Laughed. But a bit too much filler in the middle.
21st century's indie rock is derivative yet enjoyable at best, whiny and out of touch at worst. This goes in the first category. I'm saying I quite enjoyed it, so don't be mad. But if you told me this was an early '90s British post punk/alt rock album, I would believe you.
The cover of this album sets one up for a very different experience that the one that is delivered. That’s no bad thing, however, as what’s inside is, by turns, delicate, spindly, upbeat, chunky and heart-rending – not necessarily in that order. Strangely, despite the twisting and turning of moods, the album hangs together as a cohesive whole, perhaps by the strength of the guitar lines maintained throughout. Sounds a bit like R.E.M. might if they were more inclined towards dream pop.
High Points: Earthquake; Helicopter; He Would Have Laughed; Desire Lines
He Would Have Laughed
Favorite Tracks:Memory Boy, Basement Scene
I enjoyed this a lot. Hadn't heard Deerhunter before listening to this one and assumed, given the cover, it would be a lot darker, but anyway, I wasn't disappointed with what I heard.
Very good album, only a bit of filler. probably the best of the 2010s.
Art rock done extremely well. Two notable things to this album;
1) It has very engaging atmospherics ranging from distantly dreamy to psychedelically fuzzy with it's layers of guitar coming to the fore in certain songs.
2) It is a complete album of exceptional songs without a filler or mediocre moment.
It's also lyrically elusive in a good way. Bradford Cox's vocals seem a half dimension away. I was lucky enough to see them play in support of this album in a small intimate venue and they impressed with their stage presence.
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: The outro guitar build to Desire Lines is immense and you know it's good when you want it to continue when the finish comes.
Have to concede that I had no idea what to expect with this album and quite liked it through multiple listens.
I just recently discovered this album and I must say it's amazing. The only thing I didn't like is that the first track sets you up for a different kind of album. I expected other kind of songs but it's still a beautiful trip.
Best songs: Earthquake, Desire Lines, Helicopter, He Would Have Laughed
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