10 Songs, 38 Minutes


Apple Digital Master


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Moab Mutha ,

Great Stuff

Yeah, I get it, we all liked the angst of Black Dirt Sessions. But people grow up and have to deal with grown up issues. McCauley has documented this process starting with Negativity and continuing with these two new releases (at least Vol. 1, I'm just starting to listen to Vol. 2). Great production, great musicianship, and, most importantly, great songwriting. Upbeat but with an underlying pathos (kind of the ear in the suburban lawn of Blue Velvet-- I know, cliche but apropos). I have a personal list of great songwriters-- Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Jason Isbell, Paul Westerberg are on the list. I've added John J. McCauley. Plus, Me and My Man IS my dog Tasker!

Country Comfort ,

Cocktail Really Shines

Overall, like a lot of Deer Tick fans, I've been left wanting a return to the sound they had pre-Negativity era. This isn't that, nor is Vol 2. But there's a couple standouts in both. "It's only love" is classic meloncholy John McCauley, and somewhat reminiscent of "Smith Hill" on the Born on Flag Day album. While Cocktail really shines as the quintessential drinking song we've come to expect from Deer Tick, if ever more adult sounding post Vanessa Carlton. With crooning I havent heard since "You Belong To Me", also on Born On Flag Day. It's the best between the the 2 Volumes and stands up I think to any of my all time favorite Deer Tick songs.

Thick as Thieves ,


The band name kinda sums up the musical limitations. I'll wait for the Deer.

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