Track Review: Deer Tick, “The Dream’s In The Ditch”

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Deer Tick
“The Dream’s In The Ditch”
(Partisan Records)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Deer Tick has made significant progress since releasing their debut album War Elephant back in 2007. Certainly, that scrappy album had some great songs and showed a lot of promise, but the group’s process of maturity has not only seen them writing increasingly stronger songs, but also come with a recording budget to do them proper justice. “The Dream’s In The Ditch” is another worthy offering from the Rhode Island alt rockers, a crisply produced and splendidly arranged pop tune overflowing with gorgeous guitar licks, twinkles of piano and a touch of glockenspiel. And while the lyrics get mired in some bummed-out feelings (it is called “The Dream’s In The Ditch,” after all), one can’t help walking away from this one feeling pretty good.

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Click here to listen to “The Rock,” another track from Negativity.