Dan Deacon - America

Dan Deacon - America
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Rank: #50 / 684
USER SCORE
79
Based on
53 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

It’s not only a statement that Deacon is to be respected as a serious artist, but also one of the more thoughtful and complex albums so far this year.

91
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

America is not as joyous as Spiderman of the Rings or as eclectic as Bromst, but it is ultimately more affecting; and it seems to be most accurate reflection yet of who Dan Deacon really is.

90
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

As enjoyable as the first half of America is, the sprawling suite on the flip-side is a truly inspired effort from Deacon -- probably his most adventurous and involving piece to date.

85
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

"USA" alone makes America one of 2012's striking moments and new high-water mark for Dan Deacon's ever-ascending career. 

85
The 405
The 405

It's so rare that an artist can coherently and completely address themes so inherently personal and immensely relatable as those Deacon has tackled on America.

84
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

Everything here is bigger, and feels more important and wise, even than the spectrum of ego on Bromst.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

On America he brings it all to the table, but the complexity of the music’s origins and construction never obfuscates its overall impact. 

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

USA - and by extension, Deacon - deserves plaudits for taking as many risks as it does and coming out the other side completely unscathed.

80
NME
NME

America is a profound statement; splicing Fuck Buttons with Sigur Rós in a state-of-the-union address balanced between hope, despair and an accomplished collision of strings, brass, soaring choirs and beats.

80
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

The tracks may be separated, but the seamless transitions and unified scope result in the most grandiose music that Deacon has ever produced.

78
Paste
Paste

America is still undoubtedly an epic, but maybe not the world-addressing opus that Deacon might’ve wanted to make.

71
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

It's the second half of America that promises and more or less delivers something great and new for Deacon. 

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DETAILS

RELEASED: August 28, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Domino
GENRE: Indietronica
WEBSITE: dandeacon.com
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 19 - AllMusic
# 44 - Beats Per Minute
# 48 - musicOMH
# 29 - No Ripcord
# 10 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 11 - The 405
# 36 - The Line of Best Fit
# 43 - Time Out London
# 28 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Guilford Avenue Bridge 
  2. True Thrush 
  3. Lots 
  4. Prettyboy 
  5. Crash Jam 
  6. USA I: Is a Monster 
  7. USA II: The Great American Desert 
  8. USA III: Rail 
  9. USA IV: Manifest
Contributions By
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Added on: May 31, 2012