Dan Deacon
America


4.0
excellent

Review

by Grant Thomas USER (15 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 8 replies | 1,785 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deacon becomes listenable.

America is not just corporate greed. It’s all of us, whether we like it or not. Immigrant and citizen. Fat cat and anarchist radical. Dumpster diver and Donald Trump. On a recent album tour outside the United States, Dan Deacon realized a sobering fact: that he was indeed American. Until that point he had always been fighting it. When he thought of America, he thought of all that was ugly. Then he realized that he was a part of that same system, and that corporate America, and underground electronic composers like himself both made America what it is.

From that transforming realization, Dan Deacon’s new album America was formed. Every time I listened to Dan Deacon before America, I couldn’t get through more than one or two songs. I just didn’t find his music very listenable. Since America came out in August, there hasn't been a day that’s gone by that I haven’t listened to it fully through. America is similar to Sufjan Steven’s Age of Adz. Although more electronic, the album has a definite beauty to it. The opening track “Guiliford Avenue Bridge,” begins with a virtual twister of electronic noise winding in and out. A stampede of layered drums enters and before you know it, America has begun.
Following the opening track is the single of the album, “True Thrush,” a very playful track with a chorus of children, giving an ambient dream feeling to the chorus. “Prettyboy,” the second instrumental track on the album, reigns the listener back in with a transition into a calming trickle of synth and piano. In the latter half of the album, the last four songs merge together with no real distinction into a twenty-five minute semi-monotonous collection that is suitable for travel. This makes sense, as a large part of this album was written while Dan Deacon was traveling cross-country. “USA III: Rail,” for instance, was written on a train ride from New York to Seattle. The feel of travel comes from rises and falls of frenetic piano and synth layered together very cohesively, which musically illustrates the feeling of a long trip with rapidly changing landscapes.

Listening to America gives the positive sensation that though there is ugliness in the world, there is beauty too, and anything is possible. Deacon has said that his album America is just another piece of the conversation of who America is: and it is nothing short of grand.



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scissorlocked
September 26th 2012



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

will probably check this, must be good

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CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



26317 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

will check

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



8931 Comments


Check on the formatting of this, it's a big block

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CaptainDooRight
September 27th 2012



26317 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is decent and it has its moments but its pretty underwhelming, it starts off strong but looses its momentum rather quickly

WeepingBanana
September 27th 2012



9893 Comments


i should check this. "Snookered" on Bromst is basically the greatest song ever

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2012



8931 Comments


"Snookered" while high is like too much

foxblood
March 15th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking amazing

2.5 cap what the heck

alabasterjones
October 2nd 2013



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album really flew under the radar.

True Thrush is pure exhilaration. The whole classical suite at the end sounded horrible on paper, but wound up being breathtaking in its own right.



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