Simon Vozick-Levinson
September 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Offend Maggie

Current Status
In Season
Indie Rock

We gave it an A-

How to categorize the San Francisco art-rockers’ latest stylistic grab bag? Singer Satomi Matsuzaki spends most of Offend Maggie cooing bilingual puns while raw garage riffs and delicate psychfolk harmonies collide behind her. And then there’s ”This Is God Speaking,” a minute-plus interlude on which she mutters wordlessly over staticky electronic blips. Yet nearly every tune sports a hummable melody — many of them sublime — which makes this album one of the more accessible entries in Deerhoof’s willfully strange catalog. It’s music that’ll set your head spinning without making it ache. A?
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