La Isla Bonita

Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2014 Ratings: #481 / 964
User Score
Based on 42 ratings
2014 Ratings: #241
November 4, 2014 / Release Date
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Polyvinyl / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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A.V. Club

... one that finds Deerhoof reaching a pinnacle on its most assured, compelling work to date.

The Line of Best Fit

This is what Deerhoof do best: write incredible hooks, then shake them around, put them in a blender with a load of raw energy and a dash of 'who-gives-a fuck', then see what comes out.

The 405

La Isla Bonita is harder, edgier and noisier than 2012's Breakup Song, but just as charming, off-kilter and curious.

The Skinny

Bloody-minded as ever, they run the listener ragged over ten tracks of imperfectly-formed noise fragments, pushed spectacularly into shapes that feel curiously familiar yet deeply out-of-whack.


Even on these songs, it feels more like Deerhoof are coming full circle than looking back; that they've been able to put different but cohesive spins on their sound so well, and for so long, is truly remarkable.


For anyone who’s ever wondered what sort of album a hybrid of Joan Jett and Janet Jackson would make, the answer is right here.


The best moments on La Isla Bonita evoke the inventiveness of Deerhoof's classic albums and their ability to explore seemingly limitless possibilities within their own (admittedly unique) framework.

Drowned in Sound

The record is at its best when kept simplistic and spontaneous, but for much of it you sense they have thought about it a little too much and become a little too self-aware; for a band like Deerhoof that can lead into some pretty iffy territory.

Consequence of Sound

La Isla Bonita tries to ride a slightly finer line than usual for Deerhoof. And while they stick fairly close to that line most of the time, the effort takes some of the wild energy and fun out of the results.

Tiny Mix Tapes

While this whittled-back move makes each alien-sounding bell and shrill whistle stick out like a splinter (in a viscerally good way), overall, La Isla Bonita feels crumbly and thin

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Year End Lists

#33/The Skinny
#44/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Paradise Girls
  2. Mirror Monster
  3. Doom
  4. Last Fad
  5. Tiny Bubbles
  6. Exit Only
  7. Big House Waltz
  8. God 2
  9. Black Pitch
  10. Oh Bummer
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Added on: August 20, 2014