Gliss Riffer

Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #282 / 771
User Score
Based on 116 ratings
2015 Ratings: #238
February 24, 2015 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound
He understands that attention spans can be short, and if you want to get a message across, you’d better make the beat infectious.
80
Slant Magazine
Making subtle refinements to his sound here, he retains the same general sense of snowballing momentum, building aural roller coasters that loop through loud/soft dynamic patterns, moving inexorably toward an inevitable climax.
80
DIY
‘Gliss Riffer’ is just as stupendously mad as a standalone than in comparison with previous works, and demonstrates Deacon’s mind-boggling ability to find order, and not only that, but brilliance, in sheer chaos.
80
musicOMH
It sounds almost as if Deacon wants to recreate the feeling and effect of a multi person symphony orchestra on an array of electronic instruments. You cannot quite imagine anyone else making this music.
80
Under The Radar

Each cut is massaged with the global sense of rhythm that first reared its head on 2009's excellent Bromst, producing a rich tapestry of arrangements that finds Deacon extending his reach further still.

80
Exclaim!
Deacon's fourth full-length has struck an amicable balance between the hyperactive energies and extravagant compositional ideas prevalent in his earlier work.
80
AllMusic

Gliss Riffer may not be the next step many expected after America, but it leaves no doubt he remains a force to be reckoned with in indie electronic, creating smart and satisfying work with a stubbornly individual perspective.

80
Spin

Dan Deacon decided to scale back for Gliss Riffer, resulting in his most intimate — but still deliriously fun — album yet.

80
The Guardian

Regardless of his angle of attack, all the tracks here share the pop-tune-drenched-in-ephemera approach that has worked so well for him and the likes of Panda Bear previously.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Gliss Riffer offers just enough hooky material to entice you and make you dance, but you still need to work hard to gain even an inkling of understanding into Deacon’s vision.

75
A.V. Club

Gliss Riffer offers some of the purest pop pleasures Deacon has done, yet they’re fused to an album that comes across as deeply anxious and unsettled, a mixture that makes for a fractious listening experience.

75
The Line of Best Fit

This is a record that shrugs off some of the grandiosity of America and instead offers more detail and smaller, more nuanced yet easily interpreted emotions within a relatively familiar context.

72
Pitchfork

More than a return-to-form album, Gliss Riffer simply feels like an exploration of a more pared-back, intuitive way of working.

70
NME
There‘s nothing remotely basic about the way the 33-year-old creates his dense electronica, and even though ‘Gliss Riffer’ comes with no added extras it still creaks under the weight of its experiments.
70
Drowned in Sound
He has clearly poured every bit of himself into this project - including handling the excellent production - and it's less that he came up short and more that the focus was perhaps too steeled.
70
The 405

Gliss Riffer may well be Dan Deacon's Most Personal Album Yet ™, but that means very little when it's so similar - in ways that are both positive and negative - to what came before it.

70
PopMatters

Gliss Riffer is by far his most successful (and, incidentally, most accessible) full-length, but it’s just shy of being a masterpiece.

60
Rolling Stone
Bearded roly-poly Baltimore EDM dude Dan Deacon looks a little like a highly intelligent teddy bear — a perfect fit for his playful, complex music.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes
Deacon tries to overwhelm our desensitization, fighting fire with fire, with uneven success.
60
Loud and Quiet

It’s by no means Deacon’s most accessible work, then, but long-time fans will likely be thrilled.

thisisabtlgrnd
83
The most straightforward Dan Deacon release yet. He hasn't changed his sound much, but he has added more thoughtful lyrics, smoothed out the production and made his unique sound more accessible. Recommended if you like other psychedelic/electronic acts like late 00s Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, or Caribou.

Favorite Tracks: When I Was Done Dying, Mind On Fire, Meme Generator
lerkenfeldt
78
If you liked Animal Collectives Post Pavilion, you should give this a go. Great album from Deacon, and the first of his to really grab my attention.
CheapandLethal
75
Decent
MoMoney420
NR
A fantastic album. "When I Was Done Dying" is the best track of the year.
SeaBass
90
He paints a beautiful soundscape throughout this album, it's poppy and absurd electronic music that grabbed me. The songs grow very well and make for a very lively album.

Favourite tracks: When I was done dying, Feel the Lightening, Take it to the Max.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#15/Consequence of Sound
#41/Under the Radar
#53/Gigwise

Track List

  1. Feel the Lightning
  2. Sheathed Wings
  3. When I Was Done Dying
  4. Meme Generator
  5. Mind On Fire
  6. Learning to Relax
  7. Take It to the Max
  8. Steely Blues
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