Actually, You Can

Deerhoof - Actually, You Can
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #445 / 661
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2021 Ratings: #416
Liked by 4 people
October 22, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label / Website
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Northern Transmissions

Even after a good slew of records, they’re able to come out with something still fresh and always inspiring and deep.


With Actually, You Can, these four individuals have created a celebration of human possibilities and one of their best records to date.


A manifesto that only Deerhoof could create, Actually, You Can is a perfect example of how they achieve what seems like the impossible time and time again -- and with its heroic doses of fun and optimism, it reminds listeners that actually, they can too.


Through a collection of songs that range from anxious garage funk to mercurial power pop, the San Francisco experimentalists argue for an urgent remaking of the world.

Loud and Quiet

With Actually, You Can, Deerhoof confirm their masterful ability to create new worlds, both sonic and verbal.


One of their more conventionally textured records of recent years - ‘conventional’, if only by their wildly ambitious standards.

Spectrum Culture

While there's no denying the fact that they've lost momentum, Deerhoof has delivered one of their most memorable albums of the last 15 years.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s streamlined, bare bones and offers a different palette than anything you’d be expecting to hear from Deerhoof in 2021.


With 84 lyrical | lines across nine songs, Actually, You Can manages the efficient impressionism of haiku, with none of its calm.

They invented the word breakdown for this album, every track is a perfectly crafted vessel of sweet melodies and noisey hardcore breaks. And oh GOD the drums are perfect.
Me throughout the entire album: "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT"

Safe to say this is a masterpiece.
Thank god that bands like DeerHoof exist to remind us that music can sometimes get stale and a good dose of experimentation is needed to keep things fresh. Although this is only my second album hearing what the band has to offer, Actually, You Can throws out so many ideas that are worthy of 2 releases. I couldn’t make much sense of the lyrics, yet their cryptic meaning allows for many interpretation and even something else to dig into, besides the ever changing structure of the songs. ... read more
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Deerhoof has completely reinvented themselves for this record, abandoning the noisy clutter of last year’s ‘Future Teenage Cave Artists’ for a more charismatic, quirky approach to their charms. Scratchy guitars still give them a coarse sound, but the upbeat tone of their instrumentals alongside the odd, yet charming vocals that accompany them allow for a wide variety of new ideas to take shape.

This eclectic mix manages to flow naturally, regardless of the direction they ... read more
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Added on: July 21, 2021