Bonobo
Animal Magic


4.5
superb

Review

by ThroneOfAgony USER (12 Reviews)
March 27th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,687 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The “magic” of it all directly corresponds to this album.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Relaxation is something Bonobo can master very well in his music; whether it features his cuddly, adorable little melodies or his simple rhythms which involve nothing but a snare and a few cymbals, he has the astonishing ability to create a smooth, atmospheric form of trip-hop music. Pointing fingers here, Animal Magic closely resembles this. While I’m definitely not claiming the rest of his LP’s don’t have that “smoothness” and dexterity to it, Animal Magic just has a softhearted, breathable atmosphere that differentiates the rest of his albums altogether. This LP (being released in 2004) operates more than just a regular ole’ trip-hop album, but an essential in its own right.

Animal Magic is just about masterful in every way possible. For one, the production value is crystal clear; the patterns of sounds and effects (especially played through an excellent pair of headphones), will be heard on the very listen. You won’t need to venture back to that one specific track and scope out that one tiny sound, but instead will be transferred to you directly. The melodies are also one of the brightest ornaments here too. To be straight to the point, they are a blissful, magical aroma of vibrantly lit-up sounds which all seem to stick out like receiving your favorite gift you’ve asked for Christmas. If that wasn’t enough, the drums are crisp clean and have no turn-off regarding sound quality. Those simple little drums and cymbals both function like hearing a flock of birds chirping in the morning; quiet and alluring.

The album starts off with the beautiful Sleepy Seven, which has a relaxing tone to it, with alternating chimes heard in the background and a smooth bassline, and a very simple rhythm section, featuring nothing but a regular snare drum. On the halfway mark, Terrapin makes its way on down the aisle. To spice that track up, Bonobo decides to add in some sort of Mediterranean/Asian string instrument that is a nice touch to the album. The shortest yet most catchy song on here, The Gypsy, features nothing more than a blurry yet extremely repetitive bassline, and the return of the simple snare/cymbal. Onto a completely different note however, the final piece Silver contemplates a more horn influenced setback, and mixes in the non-frantic drums to disperse itself with it. It concludes the album in a phenomenal way.

As far as I see it, there is nothing wrong with Animal Magic. The album is also Bonobo’s debut, and effortless enough, it’s arguably his best. Basically, if you love trip-hop that has been jacked up to an extreme, then you should definitely give this a spin.



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ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


This album is very close to a 5 ( or to me at least).

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2012



30294 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Such a boring album

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ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


Really??!! You didn't like it?

SCREAMorphine
March 27th 2012



1704 Comments


Good review man, you deserve a pos

ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


Thanks man

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2012



26363 Comments


i love bonobo

posoliferichydrochloride

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ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


yeah dude he rules. perfect for your surfing too ;)

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2012



26363 Comments


m//

Funeralopolis
March 27th 2012



10439 Comments


Deviant is too busy listening to Beefcake

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ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


Or Clubroot

ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


I have like 45gb I think

aok
March 27th 2012



4165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nicely done. excellent album, excellent pov. have a pos

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2012



26363 Comments


do u like clubroot throne?

ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


thanks andy



and yeah clubroot is pretty good, wbu captain?

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2012



26363 Comments


checked em before, actually own one of their albums, chill for lax time but I don't jam too much electronica

but yea bonobo is more instrum. hip hop with awesome electronic components rather than the epitomy

damn I'm good with jim carrey pelvic thrust'

dannyboy89
March 27th 2012



7620 Comments


Nice, your reviewing skills have gotten sharp. Pos.

On a side note, I'm thinking of checking this out.

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ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


Thanks. I've been overloading myself with reviewing though haha

ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


And you should, it's unmistakeably amazing.



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