Domino Recording Company
Rating: 3 stars (out of 4)
If Dan Deacon's first album, 2007's "Spiderman of the Rings," was too cartoonish and short-sighted and his follow-up, 2009's "Bromst," was too dense and insular, then the Baltimore indie-pop maestro has concisely melded his split personalities on "America" (ironically his first release for the London-based Domino Recording Company).
Deacon recently said he left D.C.'s Carpark Records for Domino because his growth in Europe had stalled. After hearing the nine-track, 43-minute long "America," Deacon's pursuit of success on a larger scale makes sense. These are sophisticatedly composed songs bubbling with broader appeal compared to Deacon's earlier work.