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Foil Deer [Digipak]

Foil Deer [Digipak]


Falling somewhere between Major Arcana's twists and turns and Real Hair's nods to Top 40 pop, Foil Deer is some of Speedy Ortiz's most polished, and unpredictable, music. The band spent nearly a month recording the album -- as opposed to the four days they had to make Major Arcana -- and the time they invested is apparent: Foil Deer opens up their dense sonic tangles without unraveling their style completely. "The Graduates" is a perfect example, with breezy keyboards that not only underscore the band's skill at distilling their tangents and angles into something downright catchy, but also distinguish them further from their '90s influences (and their like-minded contemporaries). While "Zig" borrows the same kind of slanted chords that provided the slouched backbone to so many groups from that decade, Speedy Ortiz sound far from slack on Foil Deer. Actually, they're more elastic than ever, stretching their range to include the serpentine, hip-hop-inspired beat that drives "Puffer," where an equally withering and alluring Sadie Dupuis crowns herself "god of the liars"; the slinky electric piano on "Dot X," which boasts a fairytale doom reminiscent of Helium's prog flirtations; and the wild outbursts of "Homonovus," which features some of Dupuis' and company's most brutal musical and lyrical attacks. Just as the group took its time recording Foil Deer, Dupuis sequestered herself at her mother's home in Connecticut to write its highly literate songs (it's no surprise she completed an MFA in poetry between Major Arcana and this album). In her own elliptical way, she's more commanding than ever, and her pointed wordplay feels extra-sharp on "Raising the Skate," where her rallying cry of "I'm not bossy/I'm the boss" marks just one of the times Foil Deer makes itself known as an unabashedly feminist work. Even if her barbs occasionally seem too opaque, the guilelessness in her voice is convincing and intriguing on songs as different as "Swell Content"'s revved-up, sugar-coated sting and "Mister Difficult," the bruised flipside of the cerebral bravado elsewhere on the album. Song for song, this is some of Speedy Ortiz's best work yet. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Stone Ridge Market
  • Seller rating:
  • Label: Carpark Records
  • UPC: 677517010329
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Track listings

  • 1. Good Neck
  • 2. Raising The Skate
  • 3. Graduates, The
  • 4. Dot X
  • 5. Homonovus
  • 6. Puffer
  • 7. Swell Content
  • 8. Zig
  • 9. My Dead Girl
  • 10. Ginger
  • 11. Mister Difficult
  • 12. Dvrk Wvrld
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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