- Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 29 reviews
2010 Rank: #16 / 829
USER SCORE
87
Based on
380 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.

Feb 11, 2015
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.
Jan 29, 2015
steviedub
96
Deerhunter's "Halcyon Digest" is a concept album that captures the innocence of youth, then suddenly thrusts you into the despair of adulthood.
Jan 19, 2017
frienderman
96
Perfectly traces the innocence of childhood and the despairing transition into adulthood.
Jan 6, 2017*
dyelir
94
Doesn't every shitty band nowadays sound like their trying to be like Deerhunter? From the brief synth droplets in "Helicopter" to the shifting vocals of "Basement Scene", it seems as though Deerhunter pushed all the right buttons with Halcyon Digest and now we have imitators. You see every band from Twenty One Pilots to Glass Animals trying to blend unapologetically pop sounds into indie rock, but nothing has worked like it did here.
Nov 27, 2016
EMR
82
Deerhunter have a really, really loyal fanbase for quite a few years now, and even though the band's soundcrafting skills have always been a real gem in the indie-rock world, their songwriting hasn't always been as fantastic. It wasn't until Halcyon Digest came, though, that the group finally reached a highly expected level of balance between form and content. Bradford Cox's obscure and ocasionally nasty songwriting is on point here, not only offering some intriguing lyrical moments, but also ... read more
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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