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Deer Tick, Vol. 2

Deer Tick

Deer Tick, Vol. 2

One of two releases from the Rhode Island band led by singer-songwriter John McCauley, features 10 garage rock songs

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Both volumes contain a very neat total of ten songs each, and confirm that Deer Tick have risen gracefully from humble beginnings to become one of the sharpest bands on the block. This is perhaps even their finest hour
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    The records aren't epic returns to form that beg to be lauded; rather, they feel like four guys remembering how much fun it is to make good music
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  3. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Revel in the beer-soaked garage punk the Rhode Island outfit has always delighted in
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  4. 7.0 |   Uncut

    High-class punk trash, from the rambunctious but melodic "Jumpstarting" to the amphetamine rush of "Mr Nothing Gets Worse." Print edition only

  5. 7.0 |   All Music

    Unlike Vol. 1, which ran out of steam during its last third, Vol. 2 keeps its momentum from beginning to end, clattering and shambling through its 33 minutes without a false step
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  6. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Vol. 2’s electric tracks display more charmingly self-effacing awareness and introspection than the performative misbehavior of 2011’s album-length lost weekend Divine Providence
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  7. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    The discs both contain a more settled outlook from bandleader John McCauley than usual
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  8. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    The only downside is that by making the surface area of their sound bigger on Vol. 2, they reduced its intimacy. There are fewer emotional touchpoints, fewer of those delicious nooks and crannies that make Vol. 1 a disc worth revisiting several times
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  9. 5.6 |   Earbuddy

    It’s almost as if Deer Tick was going through some sort of identity crisis during the recording of Deer Tick as a whole. Sometimes less is more
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