Deceiver

DIIV - Deceiver
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #250 / 638
User Score
Based on 333 ratings
2019 Ratings: #184
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October 4, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Under The Radar

Deceiver represents arguably DIIV's finest body of work to date.

84
Paste

Instead of another blissful smattering of lo-fi shoegaze, the songs on this record are immense—both sonically and thematically.

80
Loud and Quiet

Reinforcing their rhythm-driven shoegaze with sturdier instrumentation, it represents DIIV’s most full-bodied album to date.

80
Gigwise

It’s very cliche to say, but there’s a looseness and fragility to the whole album; it sounds like it could fall apart at any second, but never really does. That’s something many bands aim to do, but few pull it off as convincingly as DIIV do here.

80
NME

It’s actually the more fragile moments on ‘Deceiver’ that ultimately prove to be the most emotionally resonant.

80
Exclaim!

It's dark subject matter — which makes grunge's famously gloomy sonic palette a particularly good fit for a record that's as beautiful as it is bleak.

80
DIY

‘Deceiver’ is Cole’s first truly clear-eyed artistic statement - it’s also his most mature.

80
AllMusic

On Deceiver, DIIV have done the work, and the results are new levels of emotional and musical depth.

80
Clash

Simply put ... ‘Deceiver’ is a rebirth: one that reflects both the personal growth of lead singer Zachary Cole Smith, and the maturing of the band as a whole to deal with the turmoil around them.

80
The Skinny

DIIV's new album is a dark but empathetic account of coming to terms with physical and mental pain, and how an individual's behaviour and experiences can touch all of those around them.

77
Pitchfork

The shoegaze band’s third album is another portrait of addiction and recovery, but this time there’s no suggestion of a victory lap. The lyrics may wallow, but the music soars.

70
Northern Transmissions

Through their work on Deceiver, DIIV have found that sweet spot of writing to exorcise their own demons all the while helping the listener with theirs. Rebirth has never sounded so good.

70
PopMatters

Expanding their sound and lyrical intensity, DIIV feel heavier and darker on their third album, Deceiver.

usedtobe
88
Their most potent and abrasive work to date yet the beauty remains between the fuzz and haze. Shoegaze meets Elliott Smith vibes for days.
Plats
82
While it's not the most original shoegaze record I've heard and the album can feel a bit inconsistent, "Deciever" is still abrasive and fuzzy with lots of great instrumental ideas. It's also one of the better shoegaze records of the year.

Fav Tracks: Blankenship, Skin Game, Acheron, The Spark, Horsehead, Between Tides

Least Fav Track: For The Guilty

Score:
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TheBravesDH
75
I only listened to this because the bass player dared me to on Twitter. You know what though? It's kinda good, maybe their best. We'll see how much sticks with me since genres like shoegaze and dream pop are very nice to have on, but typically in one ear and out the other for me. I actually think the writing is pretty solid across a lot of this with the majority dealing with the well-documented addiction of Cole. Blankenship is a rager (for shoegaze anyway) of a climate change anthem. It really ... read more
laz456
75
Wow I wasn't expecting this one in the midst of all the great releases this weekend, but this record is really wonderful. I'm a sucker for shoegaze/dream pop so that's maybe part of it. But if you're a sucker for those genres too then I'm sure you'll get a lot out of this.
WildChameleon
76
What a pleasant surprise. This week is good.
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Track List

  1. Horsehead
  2. Like Before You Were Born
  3. Skin Game
  4. Between Tides
  5. Taker
  6. For the Guilty
  7. The Spark
  8. Lorelei
  9. Blankenship
  10. Acheron
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