Album Review: Deerhunter’s Fading Frontier Does Not Disappoint

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Deerhunter has been around 2001 and each album they record seriously gets better and better. I have always been a fan of the band composed of Brandford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Josh McKay and Lockett Pundt. But their new album, Fading Frontier, surprisingly blew me away.

Of course the album is a little dark, but there are some fun poppy melodies mixed in there. Cox did recently say that modern pop music for the most part is totally unredeemable. But I don’t think the band’s new album falls into that category at all.

This album just might be Deerhunter’s most plainspoken record so far and it totally works for them. Cox used a lot of his musical influences on the album. He said that he got an influence map ready and included artists like Tom Petty, R.E.M. and INXS. It sounds like the band’s goal was to produce songs that are similar to hits from these iconic bands but add their own touch to it. And they definitely did this in an enjoyable way.


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One great thing about Deerhunter’s songs is that you can play them anywhere. In your house alone, at a party or in your car, the songs are always perfect to listen to. I would have to say this album is the closest thing to classic rock that the band has done and of course that makes me happy.

My favorite song off the album is Take Care. Not only is it a great song to listen to, but the words really resonate with me. The way Cox delivers the lyrics is impressive and I am sure this is going to be one of the biggest hits off of Fading Frontier.