Those that follow Deerhunter always know to brace themselves when the band drops a new album. Long known for stylistic jumps that take the band further down their own trail, each album appears as an artistic statement in its own right. So it may come as a surprise to some that instead of lurching ever forward Deerhunter has taken a left turn off course with Monomania. The album is dirty and raunchy, drenched in distortion and pure rock n roll. The ethereal bits of albums past have taken a backseat to the guitars and upfront vocals. They've definitely avoided repeating themselves and they've done so with great skill. And despite the slight detour, nobody is going to be disappointed. There are plenty of effective melodies and poignant lyrics. The album's unpredictability may be its greatest asset, as well. If Deerhunter had gone on to do what was expected of them I'm sure we all would have been a little disappointed. Monomania is a fitting piece of the puzzle for a band that has managed to consistently deliver greatness for the better part of the last decade.
- music label: 4AD 2013