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 82.1/100, a mean average of 80.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.
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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
Very good album. Interestingly enough, I am not very impressed by the tracks that seem to be most highly rated here, namely Desire Lines and Helicopter. Some of the other tracks I find absolute gems, such as Basement Scene and Coronado. The final part of He Would Have Laughed is also very strong.
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