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Deceiver

DIIV

Deceiver

Third album of guitar-driven dream pop and shoegaze from the Brooklyn quartet produced by Sonny Diperri (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails) and frontman Zachary Cole Smith

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Captured Tracks
UK Release date
04/10/2019
US Release date
04/10/2019
  1. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Across its 10 pieces, there are forays into shoegaze, post-punk, melancholic folk, and briskly delivered guitar pop that suggests DIIV are equally as comfortable wherever their mood takes them
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Deceiver isn’t some grand statement adorned with bells and whistles, either – its contrasts are much subtler, more subdued, and constructed around slow-build technique and hazy textures
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  3. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    The Brooklyn shoegazers have expanded both their sound and mission on their third LP
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A record that's as beautiful as it is bleak
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    After a false dawn, the troubled New York band attempt to lay some demons to rest on this woozy, Smashing Pumpkins-inspired record
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    ‘Deceiver’ is Cole’s first truly clear-eyed artistic statement - it’s also his most mature
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    Simply put ‘Deceiver’ is a rebirth: one that reflects both the personal growth of lead singer Zachary Cole Smith, and the maturing of the band as a whole to deal with the turmoil around them
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    From the abstract artwork to shapeshifting tracks like ‘Lorelei’, Deceiver is set up for fluid interpretation – it wants listeners to find their own moments of impact
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    On Deceiver, DIIV have done the work, and the results are new levels of emotional and musical depth
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  10. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    It’s very cliche to say, but there’s a looseness and fragility to the whole album; it sounds like it could fall apart at any second, but never really does. That’s something many bands aim to do, but few pull it off as convincingly as DIIV do here
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  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A dark but empathetic account of coming to terms with physical and mental pain, and how an individual's behaviour and experiences can touch all of those around them
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    A success as both an artistic statement and a mea culpa. Print edition only

  13. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Another portrait of addiction and recovery, but this time there’s no suggestion of a victory lap. The lyrics may wallow, but the music soars
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  14. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Through their work on Deceiver, DIIV have found that sweet spot of writing to exorcise their own demons all the while helping the listener with theirs. Rebirth has never sounded so good
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  15. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Expanding their sound and lyrical intensity, DIIV feel heavier and darker on their third album, Deceiver
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  16. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Deceiver is the sort of album an underground band in the ‘90s would make as they jumped to a major label
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  17. 6.5 |   The 405

    DIIV make the shift to full-on shoegaze for third record Deceiver
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  18. 5.0 |   Crack

    A unified and united experience, Deceiver affords DIIV the room for redemption
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