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Album Review: Atlas Sound - 'Parallax'

Lyrically he remains sublime

Album Review: Atlas Sound - 'Parallax'

Album Info

  • Release Date: November 7, 2011
  • Producer: Bradford Cox, Nicholas Vernhes
  • Label: 4AD
  • Fact: The album title is inspired by Cox's stress-induced nervous breakdown
8 / 10 Bradford Cox decelerates sonically here, but lyrically he remains sublime. ‘Parallax’ appears to deal with the continuing conflict of a Christian upbringing with more sacrilegious life experiences. Opener ‘The Shakes’ battles with the artist’s increasing fame while ‘Praying Man’ cautiously states faith in something higher. Contrastingly, however, ‘My Angel Is Broken’ sees Cox revert, a tumbling paradox that seems to question his own convictions. Each LP since Deerhunter’s debut – both individual and collective – has retreated further from that record’s naked aggression, and this is another step towards Bradford finding self-contentment.

Simon Jay Catling

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