AOTY 2018

Monomania

Deerhunter - Monomania
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2013 Ratings: #120 / 953
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
Based on 347 ratings
2013 Ratings: #107
May 3, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Deerhunter, Nicolas Vernhes / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

93
Paste

Monomania’s some heavy shit, wracked with longing and ultimatums and passive-aggression and aggressive-aggression and a monumentally shredding heartbreak.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Monomania is an example of focus and self-exploration; a treatise to the possibility of uncovering newness and value in what appears to be a bleak, postmodern junkyard where there’s nothing left to change.

90
No Ripcord

Monomania is arguably their most imposing, and by far their most courageous, proving that Deerhunter have a frontman who’s willing to open up his soul to fit the demands of the stage. 

90
Spin

An impishly brilliant 12-song set of scruffy garage rock with moments of dreamy shimmer, Monomania leaves no confusion about what sort of band Deerhunter are: one that won’t stoop to conquer.

85
The 405

Monomania's greatest accomplishment then is how well it incorporates the best elements of its predecessors without ever coming across as derivative or unoriginal.

85
Under The Radar

Nothing seems to go as planned on Monomania, if there was ever a plan in place at all.

83
Pitchfork

While Monomania as a whole is an unpredictable fulfillment of an unforeseen whim, it’s Deerhunter’s least revelatory and surprising album on a song-by-song basis.

83
A.V. Club

Much like the band making it, this record’s a little weird, unpredictable, and off-putting. 

82
Sputnikmusic

Monomania demands an undivided attention and continuous play to truly see the beauty within its surrealism.

80
NME

For all their experimental tangents, they've always been able to write a decent hook. So maybe Bradford Cox's monomania is just that – an ongoing obsession to carve Deerhunter's future place as one of the great American rock'n'roll bands.

80
Drowned in Sound

Monomania often feels like both a figurative and literal attempt to write a new first record: the band don’t exactly sound young again, but they do sound energised, and certainly this is far and away their loudest set since TIUF.

80
DIY

Deerhunter’s latest is very tricky to describe whilst remaining sensible and within normal scopes of reason.

80
PopMatters

Instead of transcend, which is a totally Weird Era Cont. thing to do, Monomania is “avant-garde” in a simpler way, acting meta to rock collection, pooling resources and then declaring them. 

80
musicOMH

What it is, is a fine follow-up to 2009’s Halcyon Digest and another example of what can happen when a brilliant songwriter retreats into his own head and comes out with visions of monsters.

75
Beats Per Minute

It may not reach the same creative highs or artistic wholeness of their previous releases, but in its own right, it can be just as enjoyable.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Monomania will be remembered as the album where Deerhunter veered from their carefully acquired sound as opposed to constructing a more pronounced encapsulation of it.

70
Consequence of Sound

It’s a cagey, manic record that tethers the band’s new-American muscle to Cox’s longstanding self-immolation.

70
AllMusic

By turns raw and reflective, Monomania is about shaking things up; it's not as grand or cohesive as Microcastle or Halcyon Digest, but with repeated listens, its quick shifts in sound and mood feel more like different sides of the same coin than a split personality.

60
The Fly

What we might say is that the Atlanta group’s new LP puts the harsh in predecessor ‘Halcyon Digest’’s mellow – but the raspy sonics can’t mask some of their most shrug-worthy songs to date. 

60
Clash

As unconventional in approach as ever, the set extrapolates from their previous ventures and results in a confident and competent continuation of established qualities.

kidhead
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FinalLifeline
83
Doing away with some of the ambience of their previous releases, and relishing in the greasy-dirty-raw side of rock music, Monomania is the first Deerhunter album to feel like a sidestep rather than a forward stroke. It's not a bad thing, though; the results are entertaining and inventive. As a whole, it's a riotous journey through a black-and-red junkyard-and-motorcycle kind of world. It wasn't what I expected from Deerhunter, but it's good nonetheless.
Robinsongray
86
In what sounds like what almost should have been the follow up to The Strokes "Is This It?", Deerhunter does an incredible job of making loud, fuzzy rock both melodic and listenable.
joewindlebrox
86
A really friggen dirty, swanky rock record. Deerhunter is a rare band that consistently releases great album after great album. MONO-MONO-MANIA.
Caffro
87
Another extremely solid album from Deerhunter. While it does not reach the heights of Halcyon Digest it's still a really enjoyable, straight up garage rock album from the band. So many memorable hooks that will be stuck in your head all summer. Fantastic listen and one of my favorites this year.
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Track List

  1. Neon Junkyard
  2. Leather Jacket II
  3. The Missing
  4. Pensacola
  5. Dream Captain
  6. Blue Agent
  7. T.H.M.
  8. Sleepwalking
  9. Back to the Middle
  10. Monomania
  11. Nitebike
  12. Punk (La Vie Anté:rieure)
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Added on: March 22, 2013