Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
4.0 Ranking: #108 for 2008
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5.0 classicGarage Pail | October 18th 09

When I listen to Grouper late at night in the dark I always think the girl on the cover is a
ghost in my room and it freaks me out. luckily she's hypnotic and soothing in her own weird
way


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0.0 Sam Feldman's Rating | December 19th 10

As hypnotizing as a crawling drive in a dimly lit tunnel, Liz Harris' Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill is a foray into acoustic songwriting, shrouded in a hazy room with pale walls. Though at its core, the album is an emotional ride (leaning towards the sad, desolate side of things) and a fairly uniform piece, there are many little vibes and visions one gets from the album's ethereality; one that popped into my head as soon as the windy opening track "Disengaged" was on its final, sorrowful notes was of a person staring up into a ceiling fan in slow motion, tired after a meaningless hard day's work, watching the blades revolve as if to find salvation in their rotation. Though this introspective vision tells of longing of something greater, the fact is the album is much more than another indie plunge into the murkiness of pain - it's a last minute escape from the failure of dreams. Harris, through tides of fatiguing sound, succeeds in creating music that acts like an ebb and flow of sadness and slight opportunistic hope. The fact that she can make these polar opposites bleed into each other is a feat in itself, but to do it in such a dreary, dreamy light such as this creates a one of a kind listening experience.

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0.0 DeafMetal | December 18th 10

grouper's 'dragging a dead deer up a hill' is one of my favorite albums ever. its beautiful, haunting melodies will sweep you away in a buzzing wave of bleak vibrations and reverb. perfect for any emotion, any weather or season

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5.0 classicchtrenne | September 19th 12

In short: I love it. Am listening to it constantly. A masterpiece of murky folk rock.

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4.5 superbhesperus | April 20th 11

If Liz Harris’s voice was a puppy, I would adopt him. His name would be Teddy. He would walk with a limp and probably whimper a lot. But I would bring him home and feed him and play with him and cuddle with him every night and love him forever and ever and ever.

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5.0 classicBrandon E.L. Magnuson | December 27th 08

An absolute phantom of an album. Essentially it is a girl on the guitar but it is the furthest thing from Secondhand Serenade. Dragging A Dead Horse Up A Hill is a very, very subtle, murky and moody record creating a very foggy tenderness while keeping the tention as thick as possible. Boredom is biggest negative of this release, never really breaking out of the hazy soundscape that this album presents. Instead the slightest raise of her voice or even the smallest movement of tempo is garnered as special making this album almost impossible to review. How someone managed to make a review of this piece of blissfulness is mindbottling because it is so musically intangeble while being so personal. You will tear yourself apart trying to grasp Grouper's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.


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4.0 excellentAggravatedYeti | September 3rd 08

Impressively beautiful, and quite utterly spellbinding at points 'Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill' is a flat out fantastic record. Liz Harris' brand of shoegaze is a fuzzy, confined mess of rapture. Somehow she's able to manage a great balance between her buzz and beauty, which aids to the albums great success. 'Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping' may also be one of the most gorgeous tracks I've heard in recent memory(or ever). It can be a bit long, and it's a grower -- kind of, but overall she's crafted a near masterpiece record.

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