Animal Collective
People


3.0
good

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
January 31st, 2007 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Collective release EP full of folk and fuzz. Title track delivers, but others don't quite.

People do many things. People dance, people play, people kill, people eat and people forget. Do people usually re-release Australian EP’s of Noise Folk tenderness? No, but apparently New York folk group Animal Collective do.

People is Animal Collective’s most recent EP, a brilliant example of their genre fusing/defining sound and the brilliance that was being created during the sessions for their amazing 2005 LP, Feels. The EP begins with [title track] People, a loud, watery and heavily effected romp through the sounds of the Collective. The only vocals to be heard on the track are that of lead Animal Avey Tare (Dave Portner) crowing the word “People” through a thick, misty distortion, while band mates, Deakin, Geologist and Panda Bear fill the rest of the track out with fuzz and melody. The driving instrument in the track is a loud, rumbling bass tone that soldiers on through much of the track, carrying the oodles of drums, and swirling six string sounds that Panda and Geologist leave in their wake. This track is guaranteed to make one feel ten feet taller.

In a stark contrast to People, the next track, Tikwid is very much a vocal centric affair. The piano filled tune sports more of Dave’s classic warble, over a much more experimental (yet oh so poppy) weave of guitars, tympani esque drums and keys. Dave lets loose a few soaring “Ooohs” during the middle portion of the track, very akin to Feels highlight, Banshee Beat. Unfortunately, unlike Banshee Beat, Tikwid is in no way the epic, sprawling masterpiece the former is. It is, however the bouncy middle ground between the opening track and the appropriately abstract third track My Favorite Colors. Much like the work of noted Abstract artists, My Favorite Colors hints at form and normality, but it’s decidedly un-normalness is what gives it such a powerful punch. Wailing vocals and a tangled mass of instrumentation make up the majority of this 2 minute tune and brings the question to mind, with only this mildly stimulating expression as a clue, what exactly are Animal Collective’s favorite colors?

The EP’s final track is a live rendition of the title track. Obviously, this version features much less effectery and the screams of hundreds of (presumably high) fans, but other than this it should be noted that People (Live) sounds very much like People (Studio), and therefore deserves much less of a description than the original version. Though I must admit, Dave’s live voice is exactly great in comparison to his orgasm-inducing studio vocals (though it is sort of satisfying to listen to him wail for 6 ½ minutes). People, as an EP, is a triumph for the New York based band, but unfortunately doesn’t quite measure up to their other works. If your looking for prime Collective go towards Feels (or pretty much any other album in their growing catalogue).

-Joe



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The Door Mouse
January 31st 2007


2092 Comments


Congrats on being in the 100 club. Nice review as always

Nostradamus
January 31st 2007


80 Comments


good stuff

dibs on new panda bear album

TheMisterBungle
January 31st 2007


861 Comments


Happy 100th guys.

JumpTheF**kUp
February 1st 2007


2722 Comments


1. Haven't heard it.
2. Great review.
3. HAPPY HUNNERD

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 30th 2008


4939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tikwid is fucking stellar

Electric City
Emeritus
June 30th 2009


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This listens like an extension of Feels, great stuff

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2009


15523 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"This listens like an extension of Feels, great stuff"





yup. first two tracks are great. i love when he screams 'PEOPLE!' and suddenly there's that chord change that's kinda held out. awesome.



the live version and my favorite colors are kinda annoying tho. o well.

robin
Emeritus
December 27th 2009


4424 Comments


PEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOPLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2010


15523 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Release is pretty ok. Could skip over the latter two tracks, but "People" and "Tikwid" are both awesome; "People" because of its build and sudden chord change after he does that "PEEEEEEEEEEEOPPPPLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" thing and "Tikwid" because it has an awesomely complicated melody and hey!--structure too! Their worst EP for sure, though.

scotish
June 1st 2010


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeaah

yeaaah-ehh

yeah

yeaaah-ehh



PEEP-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLllllll



(it's all this thread can ever be tbh)

natey
June 1st 2010


4187 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

PEEEEEEEPHOOOOOOLEEEEEEEEEE

Polymath
November 3rd 2011


3836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is immensely awesome. The first 2 songs are amaaaaaziiiiiiing! I want more AC like this.

Anthracks
May 20th 2012


6037 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

did this reviewer just say tikwid doesn't deliver? that statement doesnt deliver the SNESE

Kman418
July 7th 2015


13257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its a shame the other two tracks on here are pretty unnoteworthy cause people is one of the best songs they've ever written

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2016


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The live version of "People" is one of the few times Avey's screams don't do anything for me. All I can think about is that he needs to take a chill pill.



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