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Animal Collective
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3.5
great

Review

by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
December 20th, 2005 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Here Comes the Indian is Animal Collectives debut album and it was released in 2003. I don't know how I found out about this band, I think one of my friends told me about them so I purchased the debut. I own every Animal Collective album and this is not the best place to start. While this isn't a bad album, Sung Tong and Feels are far superier. That being said this is a great album that is overlooked and underated.

Animal Collective create some of the most strange, eerie, and quirky songs. When you listen to Here Comes the Indian you feel like you're lost in the woods. The psychadelic/folk music just surrounds you and puts you into sort of a trance. Animal Collective combine folk, psychadelica, experimental rock, and indie rock together. I'm sure this has been done before but Animal Collective add their own twist. Haunting vocal effects, strange backround noises, and shrill high-pitched screaming is added to a good number of these stracks to make a strange, haunting, sort of odd feel. The music can go to a soft, subtle guitar strum all the way over to a frantic mess of vocals and instruments. There is never a dull moment and while most of these tracks are hit or miss but they always provide something new and unique.

There are few instruments used on Here Comes the Indian, the guitar plays the biggest role. The guitar goes from gentle strums to just rocking out without any melody what so ever. I enjoy most of the guitar parts, they are well done and play a huge role in the music. The drums and bass provide a decent rythm section, creating odd melodies and offbeat rythms. The best part about this album is how the music has so much texture. While these instruments play regular rock music the backing effects create an eerie, strange, and somewhat terrifying effect. The psychadelic and folk influences are most obvious. Weather its the trippy punk influenced Slippi or the frantic Hey Light Animal Collective always make things interesting. Here Comes the Indian is one strange journey and while the instruments do a decent job the backing effects is what really makes this album something special.

Being the bands debut album sometimes this can be one disorganized mess. Most of these songs are an interesting listen, but the problem is that they don't seem to go anywhere. The 12 mintue ballad Two Sails on a Sound is excellent when you're in the mood, but overall I find it a very skippable track. This album runs at around 50 minutes so that track kills the album. With the exception of the albums opener the songs don't seems to be very well developed. Here Comes the Indian is as strange and odd as it gets but the only problem is that it lacks substance. There are some interesting ideas shown here, but they just arn't that well developed.

Overall I would say that this is one of the most interesting, strange, and eerie albums I have ever listened to. This album is definately not for everyone so if you dislike strange or unconventional music than stay away from this. Animal Collective combine folk, psychadelica, and a strange mix of blues and experimental rock. Backround effects are also very relevant, the vocals and instruments are constantly being messed with to get an odd, somewhat funky feel to the music. This is my least favorite Animal Collective album and while I still enjoy it from time to time it just doesn't compare to the bands later works. Once again there is a strange combination of folk and psychadelica used here this music is not for everyone. Here Comes the Indian is a strange and odd journey, once you get into it you might never be able to come out.



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Rudd13
December 21st 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For fuck's sake.



Zebra doesnt only throw out brilliant reviews every day, but he started only this September. Your contributions to the site are pretty much endless.



And yet, the guy remains a fucking mystery.



Happy 60th review, Zebra.





The Jungler
November 11th 2006


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the only Animal Collective LP I can never seem to get my hands on. Fantastic review Zebra.

La Revolucion
November 11th 2006


1060 Comments


I've never listened to an Animal Collective album and really felt that it had been worth my time. Great review, though.

La Revolucion
March 24th 2007


1060 Comments


OK I changed my mind. This album is great, as are most Animal Collective ones.

The Jungler
September 11th 2007


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a really great CD, infant dressing table is up there with my favorite Animal Collective tracks.

I love the cover art too, cool color scheme, and it goes awesome with the woodsy shots.

sgrevs
November 29th 2007


698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've never been able to get into this album like I have other AC albums. Hey Light is an excellent song though, but the rest is a bit too boring and wanky for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge AC fan, but this album just doesn't do it for me.

brandtweathers
March 4th 2008


2006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is full of neat nuances and doesn't compromise their love for noise.



Im liking 'panic' so much.

Modest Mouse
April 18th 2008


36 Comments


I first thought that the guy who reccomended me this album was being pretentious and that this album was trying to be something that it wasn't.

I was Wrong.

This is an album that if it ever strikes you in the right mood you'll feel.

Its beauty...

cbmartinez
April 18th 2008


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this one is a little too weird for me most of the time, I like campfire songs alot more

brandtweathers
April 19th 2008


2006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think they have somewhat of an applied formula for quite a bit for their material but i still love what they do on a regular basis... just wish they'd branch out more like panda bear's new stuff

Electric City
November 18th 2009


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

no 4.5s but 3 5s. Lets see how this turns out

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2009


27679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for some reason ive kinda realized that at football games i've always really liked the percussion of the marching band





this reminds me of that







wtf am i talking about ok but yea the whole polyrhythmic tribal drumming on this is awesome, esp. hey light, native belle, and slippi





good album

Gyromania
December 14th 2009


37192 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just heard this and it sounded really bad.

Electric City
December 14th 2009


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

i really like slippi

Gyromania
December 14th 2009


37192 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Maybe this is something that should be listened to more than once, but first impressions were bad.

Electric City
December 20th 2009


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

wow infant dressing table is so gorgeous

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009


27679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that song is what danse manatee would sound like if it were better





i still dont like it very much, either, lol

Electric City
December 22nd 2009


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

i dont know man this album opens up beautifully

Enotron
December 22nd 2009


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm enjoying the extended weirdness of native belle.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009


27679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

native belle is awesome, as are hey light and slippi





native belle is maybe in the top 15 ac songs; great noise rock



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