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joshuatree
Emeritus
January 6th 2009



3743 Comments


awesome album, awesome review, 'my girls' is the greatest animal collective song ever tho

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2009



17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ffff

SnackaryBinx
January 6th 2009



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is a tour de rape

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2009



6073 Comments


So like a 4 then?

haha knew you were going to say this :*

lunchforthesky
January 6th 2009



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best albums made in a long time.

SnackaryBinx
January 6th 2009



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Collection of stupid noises. Pretentious garbage indie **** rock. Most overrated thing since pogs.
Collection of stupid noises. Pretentious garbage indie **** rock. Most overrated thing since pogs.
Collection of stupid noises. Pretentious garbage indie **** rock. Most overrated thing since pogs.
Collection of stupid noises. Pretentious garbage indie **** rock. Most overrated thing since pogs.
Collection of stupid noises. Pretentious garbage indie **** rock. Most overrated thing since pogs.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 6th 2009



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Summertime Clothes reaches a ridiculous level of catchyness

Mendigo
January 6th 2009



2299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

seems to become the kind of universally acclaimed album that 2008 didn't have.

lunchforthesky
January 6th 2009



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

2008 sucked. This is way better than anything in 2008.

[quote=DFelon204409]Their sense of eclecticism is just BS exoticism like Vampire Weekend or Paul Simon.[/quote]

A little ironic considering your love of Thrice no?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 6th 2009



4925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I mean this might as well be my favorite album of this year already

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 6th 2009



862 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This has been sitting in my itunes for about a week but I haven't given it a proper listen yet. Just bits and pieces. Sounds alright, clearly something I need to give proper time and attention to.

Review's good, if a little far-fetched in places, but the way you describe it, it seems this wouldn't be for me, despite the universal praise it's getting.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2009



17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

experiment with normality.



best part of review

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 6th 2009



4925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=Dfelon204470465546456]I'm with you that "Lion in a Coma" is the best song on this album though I wouldn't say of all time for them. This album really irks me for a few crucial reasons. The basslines are too repetitive. They have their buzzy, synthesized bass sounds repeat the same single-note snare-drum syncing patterns throughout the entire album. Their sense of eclecticism is just BS exoticism like Vampire Weekend or Paul Simon. "Lion in a Coma" as good as it is just tosses around didgeridoo sounds as if to spice up the song but ends up sounding contrived and ridiculous. The vocals on "Brother Sport," meant to invoke African chant, suffer for the same reasons. Lastly, the album is way too homogeneous. On previous albums they did a good job of alternating stripped down arrangements with dense ones, creating nice contrasts. I think Animal Collective's most important characteristic on any song is their texture. Whereas their textures were all over the place on Sung Tongs, everything here is washed out in the same way. There's too much reverby synthesizer, too much buzzy bass line, and the vocals are pretty uniform throughout the album. The only ways this album really snares me are in the chord progressions and vocal melodies, which own on songs like "Lion in a Coma." However when those are the only positives, this album could have just as easily been a singer-songwriter, stripped down acoustic guitar and vocals effort, and would probably be better off as a result, if not an "Animal Collective album."[/quote]
first, let it be noted you said 'lastly' and then continued on for like 6 sentences.

Okay, anyway, this album is hardly homogeneous. I don't need to cite specific examples to explain that the songs are not the same, it's blatantly obvious.

Something I need to bring up is I have never seen you post about Animal Collective, specifically Sung Tongs, the album you apparently and suddenly love to compare when talking about Animal Collective. I say this because you love to bring down a hyped and popular record in anyway possible, even if it means exploiting your own ignorance. Like your insightful comment, Animal Collective's most important characteristic on any song is their texture. So Nick, how does it compare to Feels and Strawberry Jam since you are so knowledgeable about Animal Collective's most important characteristic?

Next time, try listening to more than their second oldest full-length before saying a word, otherwise don't try and say what Animal Collective are 'about' and how this isn't on par with 'an Animal Collective album'

and again: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/2888500826_cbd670c7ea_o.jpgThis Message Edited On 01.06.09

robin
Emeritus
January 6th 2009



4223 Comments


this albums really growing on me. at first i exclusively listened to the first half of it, but i'm surprised i missed some of the good stuff towards the end, though really it was just on account of stopping to repeat 'summertime clothes' over and over. hopefully gonna up my rating sometime.

lunchforthesky
January 6th 2009



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've got to agree with IsItLuck. It seems to me Nick listened to this really wanting to dislike it, so scraped together some really off base complaints to justify his initial assumption.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2009



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't even like the older Animal Collective albums an extreme amount, but this really is just perfecting everything I did like about them.

lunchforthesky
January 6th 2009



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I didn't like their other albums either.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
January 6th 2009



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Way to not actually read what I said. Saying an album sounds homogeneous doesn't mean all the songs are the same. This is not a Taking Back Sunday albums where every song is essentially the same. What I complained about was their formulaic approach to production, which despite a lot of variety on the songwriting level casts a uniformity to their sound, which is in direct contrast to the way Strawberry Jam and Sung Tongs operated. I haven't heard Feels so I can't compare to that but from what I've noticed AC has been leading towards this pureed blend of sounds as opposed to the diversity found from song to song on previous albums. That's why I thought Strawberry Jam was so boring. The weird extrema of their sound was reined in as if pointing towards some central sound. What made AC fun was their unexpectedness and freshness. They sounded like a weirder version of The Books, which was a strength. Now they sound like indie pop as produced by Sal Villanueva. Also, if texture isn't the most characteristic or important thing AC has worked with over their career, what is? Since you're such an expert and all.

gaslightanthem
January 6th 2009



5209 Comments


first staff battle of 2009! popcorn everyone?

Mendigo
January 6th 2009



2299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

a bottle of beer works as well
maybe it's been posted before, but there's a complete album stream here:

http://3voor12.vpro.nl/speler/luisterpaal/41197789

haven't listened to it yet though, need some time to really concentrate on it.



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