Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

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Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Dragging a Dead Deer cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 2008
ProducerLiz Harris
Grouper chronology
Cover the Windows and the Walls
Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
A I A: Dream Loss
Kranky reissue
Dragging a Dead Deer Kranky Cover.jpg

Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill is the fifth studio album by Grouper, the stage name of American musician Liz Harris. It was released on June 10, 2008 on Type Records. The album was later reissued alongside Grouper's The Man Who Died in His Boat in 2013 by Kranky.


The cover photograph is of Liz Harris as a child; the photograph was taken by her mother.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound9/10[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]

Mike McGonigal of Pitchfork described Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill as "druggy and sexy and arty and pretty, but never pretentious", calling it "an arresting album of pastoral psychedelic pop".[6] In 2018, Pitchfork ranked it at number six on its list of the 30 best dream pop albums.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Liz Harris.

2."Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping"2:53
4."When We Fall"2:07
5."Traveling Through a Sea"4:23
6."Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted in the Evening Breeze)"3:51
8."I'm Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill"2:21
9."A Cover Over"2:48
10."Wind and Snow"4:30
11."Tidal Wave"5:35
12."We've All Gone to Sleep"3:03
Total length:45:41


  1. ^ Fredette, Meagan (October 27, 2014). "Grouper: Made of Air". Rookie. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill by Grouper". Metacritic. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill – Grouper". AllMusic. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Lewis, Sam (September 26, 2008). "Album Review: Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Grouper: Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill". Mojo (181): 102. December 2008.
  6. ^ a b McGonigal, Mike (August 25, 2008). "Grouper: Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Smith, Robin (February 28, 2013). "Grouper: Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill". PopMatters. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums". Pitchfork. April 16, 2018. p. 3. Retrieved April 24, 2018.