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The Redeemer

Dean Blunt - The Redeemer
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2013 Ratings: #443 / 953
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2013 Ratings: #169
May 1, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
World Music/Hippos in Tanks / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Blunt’s sometimes off-putting presence is much easier to accept when he gives this much agency to the listener, recognizing again and again that we must all frame our experiences in our own ways or risk feeling nothing at all.

80
FACT Magazine

Faced with trying to communicate a feeling as raw as lost love, he too has reached for the cliches. They may be banal and apparently devoid of sincerity, but for Blunt, they capture our inability to say what we mean or mean what we say in these strange, post-ideological times.

80
Resident Advisor

These are assemblages, rather than organic pieces. And yet, paradoxically, the subject matter, concerning love and loss and ended relationships, is emotionally bruised. Blunt is painfully and genuinely opening his heart. 

80
PopMatters

In many ways The Redeemer is like a half remembered dream, an esoteric vision which could feel awkward and fragmentary, but instead elevates itself above the sum of its many parts to create something genuine, surprising and often transcendent.

70
Consequence of Sound

On The Redeemer, our wayward experimentalist bought himself a pair of sonic glasses and consequently found a surprising sincerity in himself.

61
Pitchfork

The Redeemer ends up somewhere between sarcasm and sensitivity, but can't dig deep enough in either direction to provide something that's worth returning to. 

60
NME

A strange record, but an intriguing planet to get sucked into.

AmericaanSpirit
95
Blunt is one of the best artists of this time, and this record is definitely proof.

BEST TRACKS: (all of them)
blarch
72
You haven't listened to this album until you've listened to it on a 144p YouTube video with a Hindi title in the middle of the night.
EMR
77
Dean Blunt has indeed a unique and exquisite aesthetic. His crude voice reaches deep for the listener, mostly due to it's absence in most of the time on The Redeemer. His instrumentals, mostly sampled sound like tools that he manipulates in such a skillful way as well as his most frequent collaborator's voice, Inga Copeland. And he uses all of these tools to craft such off-putting compositions more as an orchestrator than anything else. Even so, Blunt is still a poet of many sorts. Not the ... read more
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Track List

  1. I RUN NEW YORK
  2. THE PEDIGREE
  3. DEMON (feat. Joanne Robertson)
  4. FLAXEN
  5. V
  6. THE REDEEMER (feat. Inga Copeland)
  7. SEVEN SEALS OF AFFIRMATION
  8. WALLS OF JERICHO
  9. MAKE IT OFFICIAL
  10. NEED 2 LET U GO
  11. DREAD
  12. Y3
  13. PAPI
  14. MMIX
  15. ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN
  16. IMPERIAL GOLD (feat. Joanne Robertson)
  17. PREDATOR
  18. BRUTAL
  19. PAR
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Added on: May 7, 2013