I’m sure you’ll find someone who’s right for you, Deerhoof. It’s not you, it’s me. You’ll get over it soon.
7.0 / 10.0
I knew this was coming. Last year, Deerhoof Vs. Evil lit up my life and gave me reason to dance through the street with an oversized grin on my face (yes, I got weird looks for it). I wrote a review for it, but my thoughts could perhaps be easier summed up by me making a YouTube video of myself uttering a high-pitched noise while running around my room in my boxer shorts. Music is based in math, but there’s little logical rationale available to explain why I love Evil so much. It’s this big happy thing that made me feel happy and made me want to make other people feel happy, too. Breakup Song, on the other hand, is just…kind of…there.
Oh, it’s good — better than half of the albums I’ve heard so far this year, in fact. “Bad Kids to the Front” and “Zero Seconds Pause” are standouts by any measurement, and come to think of it, there isn’t a bad track to be found here. The difference, though, is that the band has gone back to making quirky songs that are more appealing to odd folks, whereas Evil was quirky, odd music that appealed to everybody. Breakup lacks passion and fun, and most of its tracks suffer as a result.
Again, I can’t say that this is actually bad, but it is definitely a step in the wrong direction. I don’t expect (or want) the band to make another album like Evil, but listening to a Deerhoof album isn’t supposed to feel like a chore. I feel as though I should like this album a hell of a lot more than I do, but if you’re looking to get hooked to Deerhoof, this isn’t the best place to start.
Purchase: Deerhoof – Breakup Song