Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by greg0
Dan Deacon: America:: Review
America is Dan Deacon’s captivating 7th album of electronic pop music. America deftly continues Deacon’s evolution from electronic mischief maker (Spiderman of the Rings) to auteur (Bromst) without so much as a blink of an eye. America has a focus on real instrumentation that blends together with Deacon’s electronic textures in a way that doesn’t sound contrived. In the process, America offers itself as the more mature side of the songwriter who previously was only concerned with being the life of the party.
Deacon offers commentary in the form of a narrative on America which opens with the distorted noise of “Guilford Avenue Bridge” and transforms to dreamy soundscape on “True Thrush” complete with effected mouse-like vocals. Deacon even manages to throw out a rave up in the form of “Lots” prior to getting to the real substantial material on America. The best material on America is composed of a four track “USA” song-suite where Deacon delivers a travelogue observed from a cross country train ride. Nothing is left untouched in Deacon’s commentary nor does it seem arbitrary and the end result is as thoughtful as it is purposeful.