michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — DEER TICK

In album review on 09/21/2011 at 9:57 am

Deer Tick

Divine Providence

(Partisan)

 It’s tough keeping Deer Tick, Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, and the Low Anthem straight these days. They’ve all released records this year, and a couple of them even share a side project. With their terrific fourth album, it should be easier to pick out Deer Tick: They’re the ones who sound more like the Replacements than laid-back Laurel Canyon dudes from 1972. Frontman John McCauley’s gasoline rasp fuels most of the songs on Divine Providence, tearing through rough and rowdy songs like “The Bump” and the Stonesy “Funny Word” with a determination that matches the intensity the band brings to “Let’s All Go to the Bar,” a sing-along that doubles as a statement of purpose. There’s even a love song of sorts in “Miss K.,” in which McCauley woos a lucky lady with small talk: “Talk dirty, turn me on, let’s get going.” Who can resist?

 

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