Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2007 Ratings: #135 / 626
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
2007 Ratings: #35
January 29, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kranky / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Having only listened to one Deerhunter album being Fading Frontier, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall sound of Cryptograms. But then again just look at that wonderful album cover, that pretty much illustrates the psychedelic aurora of these tracks, maybe I should have guessed. Like SiberianBreaks has mentioned, the best thing about this album is actually the tracks that feature no vocals just nice melodic ambient pieces. That being said, the tracks with vocals are still pretty good. ... read more
A huge improvement over their debut, a sufficiently interesting record in order to deserve one or more listens, and a hint to the great stuff that might follow.
Very sonic-driven, what amazes me most is that the albums they made after this were Microcastle and Weird Era Cont..... That blows my mind. I mean talk about songwriting chops, jeez. To me, these albums sound like they're from different bands, and all three are awesome.

Favorite Tracks: Red Ink, Hazel St, Spring Hall Convert, White Ink, Octet
Deerhunter have been a really difficult band to put in a nutshell right from the beginning, with their noise/post-punk origins an experimental influences, but its actually the unexpected indie-rock tendencies in their sound that made it really tough for listeners to understand their artistic identity, or even connect with their music. On Cryptograms, the album that many consider to be their debut, this feeling of obscurity and strangeness had been shown to the world in a most upfront manner, ... read more
It's like Cox didn't even want that you understand him and the artistic directions he explored within this album...

I like what's going on here, but can't really deny that the confusion got me...
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Cryptograms
  3. White Ink
  4. Lake Somerset
  5. Providence
  6. Octet
  7. Red Ink
  8. Spring Hall Convert
  9. Strange Lights
  10. Hazel St
  11. Tape Hiss Orchid
  12. Heatherwood
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