Deerhunter
Turn It Up Faggot


2.5
average

Review

by Mr. Gold USER (7 Reviews)
March 1st, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deerhunter failed to make a memorable album because of two key things; too much experimentation, and overly excessive repetition.

Many people seem to have stumbled across Deerhunter through their 3rd album “Microcastle”. That album did an excellent job at blending amazing atmosphere, with memorable guitar lines, and dreamlike vocals. Sadly though, “Turn it up Faggot” is quite a rough start for Deerhunter. The band seemed to lack a lot of maturity, and just seemed to want to have fun making noise.

“Turn it up Faggot” is even more guitar driven than future Deerhunter albums. A lot of the tracks seem to lack any structure whatsoever, and the guitarists just focus on making as many weird sounds as possible. However, there are some tracks that showed potential. Take the track “Adorno”, for instance. It starts with a relatively interesting upbeat bass line and guitar riff, with equally upbeat drums. The whole song consists of repeating this same riff over and over, with slight variations here and there. The song doesn’t seem to go stale however, and if it weren’t for the overextended ending, it might actually be one of Deerhunter’s better songs.

A lot of this album tends to have sections that drag on for far longer than they needed to be. Tracks like the aforementioned “Adorno” as well as “Oceans” tend to be the guiltiest of this. However, the final song “Death Drag” takes all of the monotony and increases it 10 fold. The same riffs are repeated for what seems to be hundreds of times throughout the song, and when they finally do change to a riff that is actually interesting, they butcher it by repeating it once more for far too long. The ending of the track is very difficult to enjoy. An excessive amount of distortion is added to the vocals and guitars and blended into one big blob of feedback as Bradford repeats the song title over and over on top of it. It seems that Deerhunter didn’t try to write anything memorable in this song, and just wanted to combine as many random ideas that they could think of.

The album’s production is another thing that is quite lacking. The drums sound so dull and far back in the mix, although this is probably because they wanted to make the guitars the focal point. The vocals are greatly distorted throughout the album, and it is very tough to understand the lyrics because of this. On the plus side, the bass thunders along nice and loud with the guitars, adding a little variety to the very samey riffs that are played.

Overall if you are interested in seeing how Deerhunter started, or have an interest in really noisy guitars, give this a listen or even 2. Otherwise, just skip to the more polished and significantly more mature albums like “Halcyon Digest” or “Microcastle”.



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JokineAugustus
February 28th 2015


8584 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was the toughest review for me to write so far.

SnakeDelilah
February 28th 2015


19819 Comments


reported because album title

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Veldin
February 28th 2015


2976 Comments


Not a huge fan of their last two LPs, but I might check out Microcastle in the future. Good review, mate. Pos'd.

JokineAugustus
February 28th 2015


8584 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dang I love Halcyon Digest so much. Cheers dude

Veldin
February 28th 2015


2976 Comments


I enjoyed it (3.5), but I just never go back to it. My school professor actually gave me his copy of the CD to borrow to try and convince me to fall in love with it, haha.

JokineAugustus
February 28th 2015


8584 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh wow your professor's got cool taste

Veldin
February 28th 2015


2976 Comments


Ye, he got me into Pavement, Wilco, Dr. Dog, Neva Dinova, etc. He's "hip".

LordePots
March 1st 2015


37833 Comments


the summery could be expressed more aptly tbh. thats as far as i got.

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Artuma
March 1st 2015


29044 Comments


good review pos'd

however i think this review kinda lacks flow. read the review aloud and i think you'll realize how short and simplistic your sentences are

Piglet
March 1st 2015


7320 Comments


Yes absolutely there is no flow to this review, and it seems to be deliberately the case. I don't have a problem with simplistic sentences which follow rational, straightforward lines of thinking, but yeah honestly it's not great to read, not really. With written word, creating a rhythm is essential, a kind of galloping from one idea to another, with a flowing progression. The stop and start structure of prose is good for certain things, but for describing an album on an internet forum on music, where the accepted modus operandi is to be the opposite, it doesn't work. Feel free to write books on signal processing though.



rasputin
March 1st 2015


14896 Comments


youre listening wrong

remember kids

TURN IT UP

SharkTooth
October 26th 2015


13751 Comments


10/10 album title

sixdegrees
January 31st 2017


24584 Comments


bad review

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