On a sentimental level, DEACON is a thematic progression in serpent’s discography that is welcomed warmly. After the consistent documentation of paranoia, anxiety and heartbreak across his earlier works, it is heartening to see Josiah Wise head in a direction that focuses on hopefulness. DEACON hones in on the experiences of love as a queer person - although the thematic nature is a breath of fresh air comparatively to Wise’s earlier works, the actual content on this album is something of a mixed bag. Some tracks flee so hastily that they fail to mark any real impression, certain production choices are questionable, and spotty lyricism here and there may leave you scratching your head. Wonderfully delightful in concept, yet the execution is somewhat of a letdown.