- Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 30 reviews
2010 Rank: #14 / 833
USER SCORE
87
Based on
398 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.
Aug 13, 2014
SiberianBreaks
93
This will always be Deerhunter's magnum opus. I always thought that 'Microcastle' was a bit too safe considering how experimental their previous material was, but this just blows everything they've done out of the water. The way the songs seamlessly flow into each other is just incredible and Bradford's dark lyrics have never been more intriguing.

Favourite tracks: Revival, Desire Lines, He Would Have Laughed
Jan 19, 2017
frienderman
96
Perfectly traces the innocence of childhood and the despairing transition into adulthood.
Jul 19, 2016*
mxruss
98
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
Oct 30, 2015
kidhead
100
Masterpiece
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# 9 - Amazon
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# 12 - PopMatters
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# 49 - Q Magazine
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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