Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2007 Ratings: #142 / 656
Year End Rank: #34
User Score
Based on 198 ratings
2007 Ratings: #54
Liked by 1 person
January 29, 2007 / Release Date
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Kranky / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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"Cryptograms" is an incredible step into developing their signature psychedelia. The production and ambient soundplay is magnificent throughout, and the songwriting chops that make up the atmosphere is nothing short of fantastic. This made me really excited to get into Deerhunter when I first heard it and after hearing their future works, I'd say this holds up even better!

Fav Tracks: Octet, Hazel St, Red Ink, Providence, Spring Hall Convert, White Ink, Strange Lights, ... read more
Original Score: 78

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

Possibly my favorite Deerhunter album. This is what converted me from being pretty lukewarm on this band to becoming a full-fledged Deerhunter fan, and after hearing Cryptograms for the first time, I now enjoy the rest of their discography to an extent I didn't previously. Great shit.
More fun than Microcastle, less meticulous and more of a jam
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
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