Dan Deacon – USA IV. Manifest

August 24, 2012

In titling his newest album “America,” Dan Deacon, whether he likes it or not, has declared the release an experiment in scope — an all-encompassing, all-enveloping opus that is as much about its epic nature as it is actually about the concept of America. “USA IV. Manifest,” with its steady, manic build toward climax, delivers on the promise with an orchestral electricity that feels suited for big stadiums in big cities in big countries. It’s that largeness, that grandiosity that evokes America in all of its idiosyncratic beauty and faults.