Blue Skies

Dehd - Blue Skies
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #130 / 394
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2022 Ratings: #213
Liked by 5 people
May 27, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Blue Skies elevates Dehd's mysterious auras, thoughtful experimentation, and strong songwriting, but reaches its highest levels of beauty and intensity when the band shares more of their unobscured personalities.

80
Northern Transmissions

Whereas Flower of Devotion captured the precariousness and uncertainty of the last two years, on Blue Skies, Kempf, Balla, and McGrady have found solid ground beneath their feet. Now they revel in all that has remained and everything they have to look forward to, even if they have to build it themselves.

80
Exclaim!

With Blue Skies, the production is crisper, the melodies are sharper, the moods hit deeper and Dehd seem ready to conquer the indie rock world — from Glasgow to Chicago, and everywhere in between.

80
The Guardian
Each song is catchy and evocative on its own, and taken together they feel casually masterly.
80
No Ripcord
The album packs a lot of ideas—and songs—into its brief 33-minute runtime, preventing almost any song from overstaying its welcome.
79
Paste

The Chicago trio are loose but grounded on their Flower of Devotion follow-up.

77
Beats Per Minute

Blue Skies lives up to its title in the best ways possible, with repeated detours from the norm.

77
Pitchfork
The Chicago three-piece hasn’t changed a thing about its streamlined indie rock, evoking youthful abandon and the ache of distantly-recalled bliss.
60
Loud and Quiet

Blue Skies offers more than enough mouth-watering musicality to satisfy the taste buds. But across songs like ‘Clear’, ‘Dream On’ and ‘Empty In My Mind’, Dehd sound mostly free from their baggage and internal divergences to distinct and nostalgic echoes of dreampop and saccharine shoegaze.

orangedroog65
82

Dehd are a band that I just have a soft spot for. Their music is fun and always trying to write a hook that will forever be stuck in your head.

Admittedly, this album is hit and miss, but it’s CLEAAAAAAAAAAAAR, that some of these songs can conjure up an addiction that really screws up your day. Like you may be mid typing some document and just find yourself typing “ruh-ruh-ruhdemption”, because you’re singing it in your head to such an extent. Bad Love will likely go ... read more

Tielur
47

I am so underwhelmed holy shit how could they do this

This is so boringgggg

humm1ng_b1rd
70

Nada inovador, nada surpreendente, mas ainda assim um registro musical impornente. Com bastante potência, tamanha está que consegue suprir o querer de ouvintes mais exigentes e requintes pela sua falta de personalidade e unanimidade.

luuurien
70

Blue Skies is about as minimal as rock can get. Dehd, the Chicago-based trio who've found success in perfecting the youthful abandon of plain jane guitars-and-drums indie rock, have been balancing the ecstatic simplicities of energetic, sing-your-heart-out pop with the fact that you can only take such pared-down instrumentation so far. Their solution to this? To not change a thing. While Blue Skies is a bit more low-key compared to its richly-textured and heartier predecessor Flower of ... read more

humm1ng_b1rd
70

Nada inovador, nada surpreendente, mas ainda assim um registro musical impornente. Com bastante potência, tamanha está que consegue suprir o querer de ouvintes mais exigentes e requintes pela sua falta de personalidade e unanimidade.

Sykelone
63

I need to start off by saying that the vocal work on this album is immense. Dehd know how to stack vocal harmonies and produce a really lovely vocal production, but the rest of the album doesn't have the same feel. The backing tracks are incredibly samey and don't really lead anywhere. It's one of those albums that you can tell when a single is on because it sounds so much better. There's a flow to the single tracks while the rest feels very filler.

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Track List

1Control
1:45
63
2Bad Love
2:30
79
3Bop
1:30
76
4Clear
3:03
73
5Hold
1:53
76
6Memories
3:58
73
7Window
2:58
84
8Palomino
2:15
85
9Waterfall
2:25
76
10Dream On
2:43
72
11Empty in My Mind
2:52
84
12Stars
2:43
77
13No Difference
1:53
81
Total Length: 32 minutes
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