Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita // Album Review

deerhoofUpset The Rhythm – out now

Deerhoof’s twelfth record was reportedly laid to tape amid heated arguments over whether it should sound more like Joan Jett or Janet Jackson. It appears they never came to an agreement, with La Isla Bonita being as much of a twisted rock album as it is an exercise in twitchily-wrong pop. This charming LP finds the San Francisco quartet indulging both their most accessible (the lilting bounce of ‘Paradise Girls’) and outré tendencies (as on the semi-dub ballad ‘Black Pitch’), coalescing to make their Upset The Rhythm debut arguably their finest LP since 2007’s excellent Friend Opportunity. There’s weight in the argument that perhaps nobody needs all 12 Deerhoof albums, but if you find yourself in possession of none, this is a recommended remedy.

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