The perfect summer record. The Avalanches are sampling wizards, taking weird and obscure pieces of music and speech and somehow pulling them all together to make incredibly catchy and danceable tracks. One of the best examples of their sampling skills is on the track "Frontier Psychiatrist", where they layer sample upon sample, matching the theme of the song (insanity) perfectly. While the length may seem off-putting, no second is wasting. You'll be bombarded (in a good way) with beats and creative samples the entire time. It's a fun, ecstatic listen and is worth every second.
While there are definitely pleasant creative pockets throughout this album, overall I don't find it to be nearly as inspired as people make it out to be. Frontier Psychiatry is probably the only track I get into, but even it, the stand-out track, isn't that great. It must have been arduous and fun to piece together, and that's a pity, because it amounted to something I don't think I'll ever be happy to listen to. Perhaps this just isn't my genre, but I think my discontent counts for something, even if it's just the inevitable "this isn't for everyone" voice.