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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the Atlanta indie rock band was co-produced with Ben H. Allen, Cate Le Bon, and Ben Etter.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. Jan 15, 2019
    100
    This album seeks to ask questions, to entertain and to create. While the destination may be nebulous, Deerhunter know that the enjoyment lies within the journey. The slow, crumbling decline of civilisation has rarely sounded so good.
  2. Jan 15, 2019
    90
    They continue to look forward and create music that feels unlike anything else out there. This one is no exception: it's the perfect antidote for these bleak, modern times.
  3. Jan 10, 2019
    80
    If there are moments where the album overplays its hand--a warped spoken-word track titled Detournement perhaps lays it on a bit thick--there’s a confidence about its stylistic leaps that means it feels like the expression of an authentically idiosyncratic imagination rather than someone being weird and eclectic for the sake of it.
  4. Mojo
    Jan 7, 2019
    80
    Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is more exploratory than Fading Frontier, but there's a minimalism that helps its stark ideas and sad-eyes melodies shine through. [Feb 2019, p.88]
  5. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    This album isn’t a call-to-arms or doom merchantry, but rather a poetic statement of fact--short stories of and for the anthropocene, the product of a resignation to our inevitable demise.
  6. Jan 18, 2019
    80
    From the weariness and wonder in its title to the mix of delicacy and anger in its songs, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is one of Deerhunter's most haunting and thought-provoking albums.
  7. Jan 7, 2019
    70
    This is a Deerhunter album, so closer listening reveals much more going on beneath the surface. To be fair, though, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? isn’t as viscerally challenging as many of the band’s prior efforts.

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  1. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    This is a more mature record, about a very lucid point of view about the contemporary world, no nostalgia involved. The lyrics reflect theThis is a more mature record, about a very lucid point of view about the contemporary world, no nostalgia involved. The lyrics reflect the modern society in a very raw, realistic projection, with topics like capitalism and death. Most of the themes are not about personal experiences like in Cryptograms or Halcyon Digest, instead this record talks from a "not much future left" perspective about the current situation. Which sounds sad, but i think is what Bradford Cox and company want to express with their art nowadays, and you can hear that a lot of thought has been put on the production of this album. Every song feels tight and very consistent, this is not a "we have to put another album out" situation. In recent years, the band perspective on life has changed, their desire to write about this topics feels justified and not forced. Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    Great production, amazing songwriting and instrumentation. Might be their best since Halcyon Digest.
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    9
    This will be their most divisive release I'm guess. Not a Fading Frontier sequel, but more of a contemplation on our world which is veryThis will be their most divisive release I'm guess. Not a Fading Frontier sequel, but more of a contemplation on our world which is very different for Cox to do. It's not a career defining masterpiece, just a solid concept album that continues their winning streak. Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2019
    8
    This album serves at Deerhunter's most complete and comprehensive record in nearly 10 years. The band finds a good combination ofThis album serves at Deerhunter's most complete and comprehensive record in nearly 10 years. The band finds a good combination of experimentation and accessibility. The album is filled with such a defined sound and tone which is both breezy yet contemplative, with poignant lyrics brimming with honesty and dread. At times, the record hits a lull, particularly in the later half. However, this record is much more complete and better paced than Fading Frontier. This was a surprisingly good record! Expand

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