- Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 28 reviews
2010 Rank: #16 / 824
USER SCORE
87
Based on
308 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
No Ripcord

Halcyon Digest goes by like a breeze, and when it’s finished there’s nothing better to do than play it again.

92
Pitchfork

Halcyon Digest is a record about the joy of music discovery, the thrill of listening for the first time to a potential future favorite, and that sense of boundless possibility when you're still innocent of indie-mainstream politics and your personal canon is far from set.

91
A.V. Club

On Halcyon Digest, Cox’s two halves finally meet in the middle on a collection of grabby pop songs sung by a witty weirdo with newly discovered sex appeal.

80
Drowned in Sound

Yet I think conversely it’s Cox’s inability to totally connect to an audience that makes him such a spectacularly special songwriter.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

As difficult as it might be to find fresh plaudits with which to laud Deerhunter, they continue to deserve every single redundant bit of acclaim.

80
musicOMH

Halcyon Digest is a triumph of multilayered nuance, and repeated listens reveal its genius buried just beyond the obvious.

80
AllMusic

It’s not as immediate as previous Deerhunter albums, but Halcyon Digest has an appeal all its own: It’s as difficult to grasp -- and as hard to shake -- as a memory lingering at the back of your brain.

80
American Songwriter

While most of the songs on the album are propelled forward by primal stomp-clap rhythms, the four-piece band from Atlanta, Georgia still manages to create its share of musical variation. 

60
PopMatters

Halcyon Digest is, to my mind, the best we’ve seen from Deerhunter, and a hint that their best is still to come.

Zatak
88
This songwriting still amazes me. The production on this thing is also sick. It's just 45 minutes of great music.

Fav tracks: Earthquake, Don't Cry, Memory Boy, Basement, Helicopter.
mxruss
100
Definitely one of Deerhunter's finest works. So many captivating songs with incredible production and intense lyrics. Songs like Helicopter and Memory Boy are just masterpieces. This record is near perfect. It captures the life of a homosexual in a straight world- the reality that Cox had to face for much of his life.
On a side note, I encourage anyone to check out the story of Dima that is highlighted in "Helicopter". It's a brutal tale, but incredibly interesting and continues to ... read more
noonoo97
79
Like the first song but rest doesnt follow feels quite dream poppy less interesting than other stuff but can see why its rated highly.
sonicyouth
95
No one cares for me
I keep no company
I have minimal needs
And now they are through with me
ElOsoPolar_
84
Halcyon Digest se me hizo bien difícil, pero al final logro cautivarme con esos sus tenues roses con el glam rock y el shoegaze y su manejo de texturas cristalinas. Earthquake es un perfecto opening y al cierre, el corte mas hermoso de toda la discografía de Deerhunter.

Best tracks: He Would have Laughter, Earthquake, Helicopter, Desire Lines, Revival, Dont cry.
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DETAILS

September 28, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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# 14 - A.V. Club
# 9 - Amazon
# 32 - Clash
# 29 - Consequence of Sound
# 34 - DIY
# 30 - Drowned in Sound
# 26 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 11 - MOJO
# 7 - musicOMH
# 20 - NME
# 5 - No Ripcord
# 4 - One Thirty BPM
# 45 - Paste
# 3 - Pitchfork
# 12 - PopMatters
# 6 - Prefix
# 7 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 49 - Q Magazine
# 19 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 17 - Slant
# 2 - Spin
# 4 - Spinner
# 10 - Stereogum
# 9 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 4 - Under the Radar
Track List

  1. Earthquake 
  2. Don't Cry 
  3. Revival 
  4. Sailing 
  5. Memory Boy 
  6. Desire Lines 
  7. Basement Scene 
  8. Helicopter 
  9. Fountain Stairs 
  10. Coronado 
  11. He Would Have Laughed