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Atlas Sound: Logos 

Bradford Cox has declared that Logos is an "extroverted" album that isn't about him, but I couldn't disagree more. The second solo full-length from Deerhunter's leader is the inward journey of a world-weary voice dealing with the natural order of the universe — all awash in soft-focus, pop tones. Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) of Animal Collective lends his voice and sampling blueprints to "Walkabout," and Stereolab's angelic voice Laetitia Sadier drives "Quick Canal." These couplings feel like vacations from the Id, Ego, Superego clash commencing beneath the happy exteriors of "Sheila" and "Logos." Each is bound by fairytale bliss and distress under gorgeous façades. With repeated listens, Logos reveals greater staying power than its predecessor, and though it's not the catchiest or the most unpredictable album Cox has made, it's the strongest one so far under the Atlas Sound moniker. (Kranky) 4 stars out of 5

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