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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Brooklyn-based indie rock band was inspired by lead singer Zachary Cole Smith's recovery from drug addiction.
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  1. 85
    Deceiver isn’t your Oshin or Is the Is Are, not by a longshot. Yet, while certain touchstones are present that give away that this is in fact DIIV, in a much larger sense we’re observing a band operating unlike they have before, and in the midst of that shift, they execute it stunningly.
  2. Oct 4, 2019
    "Skin Game" and "Like Before You Were Born" display an added maturity to Smith's lyrical observations, while in having the caustic "Horsehead" and epic "Acheron" bookend the album, he's manage to create a musical novel that's painfully autobiographical yet triumphant in its execution.
  3. Oct 3, 2019
    Cole’s experiences in rehab became the inspiration for the group’s latest record, Deceiver, and while the album displays the group’s darkest sound yet, it also ends up being their most earnest.
  4. Oct 3, 2019
    It's dark subject matter — which makes grunge's famously gloomy sonic palette a particularly good fit for a record that's as beautiful as it is bleak.
  5. Oct 4, 2019
    Deceiver packs a much heavier punch than previous releases. Where Is the Is Are had an airier, spacey feeling throughout, Deceiver throws in heavy riffs and grungier distortion. Overall, Deceiver is an album that delivers on both the musical and lyrical sides.
  6. Oct 3, 2019
    Deceiver is his first truly clear-eyed artistic statement - it’s also his most mature.
  7. Oct 8, 2019
    Though it’s DIIV’s most consistent record so far, a step in the right direction and a more radical a gear shift than either of those releases, the tracks on Deceiver offer only wide differences in quality and little variation in style.

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  1. Oct 8, 2019
    Unlike previous releases, DIIV focus less on up-tempo intricacy, and spiral into a hypnotic melding of grunge and shoegaze. DeceiverUnlike previous releases, DIIV focus less on up-tempo intricacy, and spiral into a hypnotic melding of grunge and shoegaze. Deceiver evokes--among others--Soundgarden, Doves, Tamaryn. Thematically, the record is both introspective and zeitgeist-y, dealing in equal measure with--perhaps even equating--the self-destructive cycle of addiction and mankind's perceived willingness to see through the enfeeblement of Mother Earth. Musically, Zachary Cole Smith and co conjure an atmosphere of brooding, accepting sadness that pervades Deceiver's three-quarter hour duration. But beneath the sadness seethes blame, anger, hope, and ultimately a searing battle cry toward the demons responsible for the malaise. Despite the brief light at the end of the tunnel offered by "The Spark", it is hard to imagine DIIV escaping the darkness that currently envelops them. Gratifyingly, though, from the murk has risen a work of unparalleled near-genius. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2019
    DIIV’s best work yet. The music is compelling, dark, and more dynamic than any of their past work.