Monomania

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All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Monomania is the fifth album by Deerhunter, the Atlanta, Georgia psych-tinged alt-rock act who found critical acclaim with their 2010 release, Halcyon Digest. Named for frontman Bradford Cox's self-confessed, unfaltering focus on the creation of music -- which borders on obsession -- the album was recorded in the band's favorite Brooklyn studio, the Rare Book Room. Described as a slight step into the avant-garde, Monomania is also their first album without bassist Josh Fauver, who was replaced prior to these sessions by Josh McKay of Athens, Georgia act Macha.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Monomania is the fifth album by Deerhunter, the Atlanta, Georgia psych-tinged alt-rock act who found critical acclaim with their 2010 release, Halcyon Digest. Named for frontman Bradford Cox's self-confessed, unfaltering focus on the creation of music -- which borders on obsession -- the album was recorded in the band's favorite Brooklyn studio, the Rare Book Room. Described as a slight step into the avant-garde, Monomania is also their first album without bassist Josh Fauver, who was replaced prior to these sessions by Josh McKay of Athens, Georgia act Macha.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Before Monomania's release, Deerhunter described the album's music as "nocturnal garage" -- an accurate, if somewhat elliptical, nutshell explanation of what Bradford Cox and crew who include new bassist Josh McKay and additional guitarist Frankie Broyles are up to on this set of songs. After Halcyon Digest's nostalgic haze and the fragile beauty of Atlas Sound's Parallax, it seemed that Cox was drifting further away from the rawness of his early days. He breaks away from this insular turn on Monomania -- to a point. The album's first two songs, the unabashedly messy "Neon Junkyard" and riff-fest "Leather Jacket II," are the musical equivalent of blowing off steam after the more considered, delicate territory of Cox's recent past. It's not until "The Missing"'s chiming guitars and harmonies that Monomania offers something resembling Deerhunter's more recent output, and that song was written by longtime guitarist Lockett Pundt. Cox sometimes goes overboard with his fondness for abrasiveness, as on "Nitebike"'s over the top vocal posturing or the way the odd coughing/barking backing vocals shatter "THM"'s pretty reverie. More often, though, Monomania's willfully raw sounds adopt the tough persona and iconography of rock music with a capital R as shelter, like donning a leather jacket and a sneer as armor against life's hardships. Cox borrows Julian Casablancas' croak on "Pensacola" and Queen's lyrics on "Dream Captain," where "I'm just a poor boy from a poor family" is just one of the scruffy rock clichés that he celebrates. Deerhunter's more familiar introspection creeps into Monomania's "nocturnal" songs, where the band uses its dreaminess to channel the feelings the album's louder moments try to drown out. They do so especially well on the equally melodic and acerbic "Blue Agent" and the gorgeous "Sleepwalking," both of which examine the chasms between former friends and lovers with very different perspectives. The album may be most interesting when the band plays with its tough/vulnerable duality: the title track is a plea that sounds like it's on fire, while "Punk La Vie Antérieure" looks back on fearless days with tender acoustic guitars. At times, the album feels more meta than Deerhunter's previous music, a complex way of delivering songs that are often much simpler -- on the surface, anyway -- than usual. By turns raw and reflective, Monomania is about shaking things up; it's not as grand or cohesive as Microcastle or Halcyon Digest, but with repeated listens, its quick shifts in sound and mood feel more like different sides of the same coin than a split personality. Ultimately, it may be most remarkable for how easily Deerhunter can deliver catchy songs in any incarnation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2013
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637330724
  • Catalog Number: 73307
  • Sales rank: 40,816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Neon Junkyard (2:51)
  2. 2 Leather Jacket II (3:09)
  3. 3 The Missing (3:40)
  4. 4 Pensacola (4:00)
  5. 5 Dream Captain (3:01)
  6. 6 Blue Agent (3:29)
  7. 7 T.H.M. (4:18)
  8. 8 Sleepwalking (3:08)
  9. 9 Back to the Middle (2:36)
  10. 10 Monomania (5:19)
  11. 11 Nitebike (4:16)
  12. 12 Punk (La Vie Anterieure) (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deerhunter Primary Artist
Josh McKay Bass, Electric Bass, farfisa organ, Wurlitzer, Group Member
Bradford Cox Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Gamelan, Tape, Group Member
Moses Archuleta Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Lockett Pundt Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Frankie Broyles Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Joe Lambert Mastering
Nicolas Vernhes Producer, Engineer
Deerhunter Producer
Bradford Cox Composer, Lyricist, Engineer, Art Direction, Instrumentation
Lockett Pundt Composer, Lyricist, Field Recording
Matt de Jong Art Direction
Frankie Broyles Field Recording
Winston Parker Calligraphy
Proenza Schouler Direction
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