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Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil

January 30, 2011

Deerhoof vs. Evil is the San Fransisco band’s 11th album. If you aren’t familiar with Deerhoof, their lead singer, Satomi Matsuzaki, is from Japan. She also sings with a thick accent. The first Deerhoof song I ever heard was from their 2008 album, Offend Maggie. “Fresh Born,” or the “Tiny Hoofies” song, as my wife refers to it. Satomi sings some funny lyrics about the birth of a fawn. The first time I heard it, I couldn’t even tell if Satomi was singing English half the time.

The new album, from start to finish, varies quite a bit. There are some hard hitting songs with catchy guitar riffs & then there some that just aren’t that at all. This album contains a bunch of ideas all rolled into one. I read that each of the 4 members of Deerhoof write different songs & different parts of songs, then they combine all those ideas.* That won’t make a boring album, but it doesn’t always sound good when you roll that many ideas together & put them on a single album.

I give Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil, 7.0/10

“The Merry Barracks”**

** favorite track

*Read the interview in Paste Magazine with Greg from Deerhoof, here.

Watch the new video for “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” on Pitchfork TV, here.

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