Monomania (album)

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Monomania
Studio album by Deerhunter
Released May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)
Recorded January–February 2013,[1]
Rare Book Room Studio, Brooklyn, New York City
Genre Indie rock, noise pop, dream pop, garage rock
Length 43:21
Label 4AD
Producer Nicolas Vernhes
Deerhunter chronology
Halcyon Digest
(2010)
Monomania
(2013)

Monomania is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band Deerhunter, released on May 7, 2013 on 4AD. Produced by both the band and Nicolas Vernhes, the album is the first to feature bassist Josh McKay and guitarist Frankie Broyles.[2][3][4]

The album received universal acclaim upon its release. Monomania reached number seventy-three on the UK Albums Chart.

The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.

Recording and release[edit]

The album was recorded at Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn, with producer Nicolas Vernhes, who also produced Microcastle and Rainwater Cassette Exchange.[5][6][7]

The album's title is a reference to lead singer Bradford Cox’s obsessive traits.[8] According to Lockett Pundt and Cox, Pierre Schaeffer, Steve Reich, and Bo Diddley were major influences on the album, along with the artists such as Ramones and Ricky Nelson. Bradford Cox noted, "I can't hold a match to that stuff and I never will. I'll never be black, I'll never have that experience. That's what's missing from indie culture, though: Bo Diddley and blackness. There's a struggle that exists in black music and hillbilly music from a certain era. Old music resonates with me, new music doesn't."[9] Cox also described the album as "a very avant-garde rock & roll record".[6][10]

The song "Monomania" was debuted on April 2, 2013 on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon". It was later streamed online.[11]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [13]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[14]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[15]
The Guardian 5/5 stars [16]
NME 8/10 [17]
NOW Magazine 4/5 stars [18]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[19]
Popmatters 8/10 stars [20]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars [21]
Robert Christgau A [22]

Monomania received positive reviews from critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 81, based on 41 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[12]

Ian Cohen of Pitchfork Media gave the album a Best New Music designation, writing "Monomania is certainly a strong effort on its own merits, and more importantly, they’ve avoided making their deflating "diminishing returns" record [..] that casts doubts about whether they’ve gone too far down the same path. They’ve pulled off something admirable in making an illogical left turn feel like the logical next step where one didn’t exist."[19] Spin's Marc Hogan also praised the album, writing "An impishly brilliant 12-song set of scruffy garage rock with moments of dreamy shimmer, Monomania leaves no confusion about what sort of band Deerhunter are: one that won't stoop to conquer."[23]

Slant Magazine's Kevin Liedel, on the other hand, gave the album a mixed review, writing "A catalogue of trailing ellipses and blank thought balloons, the album is hardly characteristic of the band's fastidious mien. Whereas both Deerhunter and Atlas Sound albums typically reflect the obsessive brilliance and meticulous pathos of Cox's personality, there's few signs of either on Monomania, which is in dire need of a little less impulse and a bit more OCD."[21]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bradford Cox except for "The Missing'' written by Lockett Pundt

No. Title Length
1. "Neon Junkyard"   2:52
2. "Leather Jacket II"   3:09
3. "The Missing"   3:41
4. "Pensacola"   4:00
5. "Dream Captain"   3:02
6. "Blue Agent"   3:30
7. "T.H.M."   4:19
8. "Sleepwalking"   3:08
9. "Back to the Middle"   2:37
10. "Monomania"   5:19
11. "Nitebike"   4:17
12. "Punk (La Vie Antérieure)"   3:27

Personnel[edit]

Deerhunter[edit]

  • Bradford Cox - vocals (1-2, 4-12), percussion (3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), tapes (1, 2, 6, 10), acoustic guitar (1, 6, 11), electric rhythm guitar (4, 12), guitar (5), electric melody bass (12), synthesizer (3), organ (5), gamelan (2), treatments (3), little instruments (5), fog machine (1), metal box (9)
  • Lockett Pundt - electric rhythm guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8), electric lead guitar (3, 4, 9, 10), lead vocals (3), octave lead guitar (2), low guitar (7) acoustic guitar (9, 12), percussion (5), field recording (10)
  • Moses Archuleta - drums, percussion (1), videos (1), auxiliary hi-hat (3)
  • Frankie Broyles - electric lead guitar (1, 2, 5, 6, 8), electric guitar (3), electric rhythm guitar (9, 10), steel guitar (4), high guitar (7), acoustic guitar (12), field recording (10)
  • Josh McKay - bass guitar, farfisa (9), Wurlitzer (9), Baldwin organ (9)

Recording personnel[edit]

  • Nicolas Vernhes - producer, recording
  • Deerhunter - producer
  • Bradford Cox - recording
  • Gabe Wax - assistant engineer
  • Joe Lambert - mastering

Artwork[edit]

  • Winston Parker - "Neon Calligraphy"
  • Robert Semmer - photography
  • Proenza Schouler - clothing and direction
  • Matt de Jong - art direction
  • Bradford Cox - art direction

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 84
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[25] 130
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 79
Irish Albums (IRMA)[27] 68
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[28] 95
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 71
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[30] 17
US Billboard 200[31] 41
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[32] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[33] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kane, Tyler (March 22, 2013). "Deerhunter announces new album, "Monomania"". Paste. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Martins, Chris (March 22, 2013). "Deerhunter Reveal 'Monomania,' an Avant-Garde Album of 'Nocturnal Garage'". Spin. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Deerhunter announce details of new album "Monomania"". Fact. March 22, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Deerhunter Announces Fifth Album "Monomania" + New Lineup". Filter. March 22, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Pelly, Jenn and Amy Phillips (March 22, 2013). "Deerhunter Announce New Album, Monomania". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Hudson, Alex (March 22, 2013). "Deerhunter Announce New Album: 'Monomania'". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. "Deerhunter Records New Album in Brooklyn". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bradford Cox Talks Nervous Breakdown, New Atlas Sound Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/articles/9122-deerhunter/
  10. ^ Young, Alex (March 22, 2013). "Deerhunter to release new album, Monomania, in May". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ Minsker, Evan (April 3, 2013). "Listen: Deerhunter Share "Monomania"". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Monomania". Metacritic. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ Hares, Heather.Monomania - Deerhunter.Allmusic. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  14. ^ Larson, Jeremy (May 7, 2013). "Album Review: Deerhunter - Monomania". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jun 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej (May 2, 2013). "Deerhunter - Monomania". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ [1]. The Guardian.
  17. ^ Stevens, Jenny. Deerhunter - 'Monomania'. NME. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  18. ^ Edwards, Samantha. Deerhunter - Monomania. NOW Magazine. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  19. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (May 3, 2013). "Deerhunter: Monomania". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ [http:// "Popmatters review"]. 
  21. ^ a b "Slant review". 
  22. ^ "MSN Music Xgau Blog Review". 
  23. ^ Hogan, Marc. Deerhunter, 'Monomania'. Spin. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  24. ^ "Deerhunter – Monomania" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  25. ^ "Deerhunter – Monomania" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  26. ^ "Deerhunter – Monomania" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  27. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 19, 2013". Chart-Track.co.uk. IRMA. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  28. ^ モノマニア (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Deerhunter | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  30. ^ "2013-05-18 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  31. ^ "Deerhunter Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Deerhunter. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  32. ^ "Deerhunter Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Deerhunter. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  33. ^ "Deerhunter Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Deerhunter. Retrieved November 28, 2013.

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