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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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. 85
    It’s utterly, completely, resolutely and defiantly them. It’s futuristic but warm, nostalgic but distant, pretentious but human.
  3. 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]
  4. Jan 14, 2019
    80
    Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? has its high-minded lyrical concerns (the problems of the present, the problem with romanticising the past) and musical flourishes informed by the Old Continent and corners of Americana, but the greater picture and its many curious details--Cox's theatrical enunciations in "Element", the stream-of-consciousness zig-zag globe trot of "Détournement", the Eastern Bloc hallucinations of "Tarnung"--come together only upon repeated listens. In that sense, then, it's a classic album-fan's album, attention spans be damned.
  5. 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.
  6. 75
    This is rhythmically agile music, thankfully. The songwriting is sturdy, too, even if it can sometimes feel like Bradford & friends are running on an autopilot setting set to David Bowie’s Low.
  7. Jan 24, 2019
    50
    Like ghosts that don’t know they’re dead, the songs on Deerhunter’s Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? wander about in a well-produced limbo almost in mourning for the death they can’t die. But they don’t know it, so--and this is the saddest part about it--they become what they deplore, all loss glossed over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    Great production, amazing songwriting and instrumentation. Might be their best since Halcyon Digest.
  2. Mar 11, 2019
    10
    Whilst the band has been releasing albums of with sonic integrity since Halceyon’s Digest, experimenting with new sounds on each successionaryWhilst the band has been releasing albums of with sonic integrity since Halceyon’s Digest, experimenting with new sounds on each successionary album, this new album shows Deerhunter taking a slightly more radical step in a strong direction. Bradford’s lyrics have matured and the band structure their sounds to provide various anthems... big sounds, solid production! Expand
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Feb 23, 2019
    8
    On their 8th official studio album, this iconic band from Atlanta, Georgia continues down a path of mellow-but-weird experimental indieOn their 8th official studio album, this iconic band from Atlanta, Georgia continues down a path of mellow-but-weird experimental indie pop/rock. The songs play like cohesive nuggets of subconscious creativity. Bradford Cox’ ability to combine accessible pop melodies with odd and unexpected elements remains entertainingly intact. The lyrics are imbued with a concerned, if somewhat distant, existential passion. Overall it’s a comfortably peculiar bit of indie pop that feels open and vaguely welcoming. Members/guests have played in Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, Moon Diagrams, Macha, The Dream Scene, Drinks, White Fence, more. While there’s nothing here that makes me sit up and say “Woah!”, “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” is a pleasantly stimulating listen that holds the promise of unfolding revelations. Recommended. Expand
  6. 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
  7. Mar 1, 2019
    6
    What a weird and irksome slant in retrospect. This Deerhunter's 8th album isn't their best, but still diverting, as they diversify all tracksWhat a weird and irksome slant in retrospect. This Deerhunter's 8th album isn't their best, but still diverting, as they diversify all tracks to make them less tedious. Some attempts weren't executed well enough resulted in vague conclusion. Expand

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