Animal Collective
Feels


4.5
superb

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
October 15th, 2010 | 41 replies | 3,883 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Make no mistake about it, Feels is a trip. Now this might not seem like a very original or inspiring territory for music; there have been multiple other albums by an array of artists that have created trip and drug influenced records. The difference with Feels however as opposed to those other albums is that Feels isn't drug-motivated or outside influenced. Rather, Feels feels likes a natural trip, as if nature is beckoning us to wonder about all that is life, devoid of man's intervention. It's organic, solely and completely, an album that sounds like the sun, the trees, and all the intricate beauties that make up our living, breathing environment. The wonderful thing about it is that life is a trip on its own; a colorful spectrum of lights and sounds and moments that weave through one another to create experience, and this is the pool that Animal Collective dive into with Feels.

There's also a certain amount of child-like wonder to this album, made clear by Avey Tare and Panda Bear's various use of quiet giggling shouts and innocent banter about looking at the world through glaring optomism and purity. Feels is constructed in a way that seems disjointed at first, but slowly reveals itself to be a complete experience, made significantly apparent by the album's first half that is folkier, more upbeat, and playful than the album's daunting 2nd half, which is layered with ballads and brimming ambience. The beauty is that the 1st half, after a few listens or so, starts to dissolve into the second half as the sunny and poignant "Bees" dissipates into the glorious revelation that is "Banshee Beat". It is on this track that Feels's child-like wonder is most noticable as Avey Tare sounds like he's up in the clouds with his striking, bubbling vocals belting out lines like "So I duck out / go down to find the swimming pool / Hop a fence / leave the street and wet my feet / I'll find a swimming pool" that are punctuated with "woo's!" and "ahh's!" that are brought forth with such clarity. There is also a warmth to Feels as the swirling melodies feel like a blanket across your skin, sheltering you as a mother would her young. By the time the confident "Turn Into Something" unravels into nothing to close the album you're left better off than before you listened to Feels, a smile upon your face, like the one you had when you were 3 and opened the first present of Christmas morning.

While that explains the child-like wonder of Feels, "The Purple Bottle" is where Feels takes on a completely different niche akin to the natural trippiness as stated above. Not only is the song masterfully crafted, seamlessly combining frantic verses with sudden chilled-out stops and a foot-stomping ending, "The Purple Bottle" may be the pinnacle of Animal Collective's career lyrically. "sometimes you're quiet and sometimes I'm quiet / hallelujah / sometimes I'm talkative and sometimes you're not talkative / I know / can I tell you that you are the purple in me? / can I call you just to hear you / would you care? / when I saw you put your purple finger on me / there's a feeling in your bottle, found your bottle, found your heart" is as majestic as it is heartwarming and one can't help but to envision a purple goblin reaching out ever so slowly to graze across your skin. A child's imagery, for sure.

Natural, organic, mesmerizing, warm, hypnotic, Feels is a wonderous journey through the innocence of childhood and the nature and curiosity surrounding our lives.



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SoapySoap
October 15th 2010



865 Comments


2nd paragraph, 10th line. Need to fix that. Great review on an amazing album.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



10556 Comments


Awesome review, boring album.

Digging: Saintseneca - Dark Arc

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



10556 Comments


Pos btw

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



10556 Comments


No, I told Eno I'd give it another try but I haven't yet. It's good, but the freakishness of the whole thing kinda messes with me.

alachlahol
October 15th 2010



7423 Comments


you think about purple goblins grazing your skin when you listen to this

Apollo
October 15th 2010



10085 Comments


album sucks

review is good though. Chambered for prez!

LepreCon
October 15th 2010



3544 Comments


Good review dude, earned my pos but this band does nothing for me save for their latest, and even then only a little bit

Enotron
October 15th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

review needz moar 5

natey
October 15th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

go down to find the swimming pooooooooooool

Enotron
October 15th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

and i'm singing to you what to do if i ask you to make funny faces with me in the mirror of the bathroom

theacademy
October 15th 2010



27702 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

really digging this right now


o wait no im straight

Helvete
October 15th 2010



1354 Comments


they're just trolling you

theacademy
October 15th 2010



27702 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i know seriously, and i don't even appreciate it.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



10556 Comments


"really digging this right now


o wait no im straight"


Haha, I love you for that.

Gyromania
October 15th 2010



14653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The beauty is that the 1st half, after a few listens or so, starts to dissolve into the first half as the sunny and poignant "Bees"

I think you meant to put 'second half', lol.

Good review, Sam. I would honestly have a very difficult time collecting my thoughts on this album and putting them on paper, but you did it well. Pos'd.

theacademy
October 15th 2010



27702 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"o wait no im straight"


Haha, I love you for that.



unless u a female i think we got some confusion lolol

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 15th 2010



10556 Comments


Classy

merriweather
October 15th 2010



619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hah soo many Animal Collective reviews lately, I ought to jump on the bandwagon too lol. But I'd do it
on a more obscure underrated Animal Collective realease. nice review :3

JubJub12
October 15th 2010



24 Comments


Is this a good place to start for this band?

merriweather
October 15th 2010



619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes it is!! Sung Tongs, Feels, Strawberry Jam, and MPP are all great places to start! In fact if you like one of them you should really check out all four of them.



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