Animal Collective: Feels

Animal Collective: Feels

If you've never heard the song "Purple Bottle," your life is probably a little incomplete. It's automatic party.

  • The screen print from the cover of the super limited animal crack box set by animal collective. So awesome

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  • By Animal Collective - Paw Tracks (2010) - Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock Queen In My Pictures, Doggy, Two Corvettes, Moo Rah Rah Rain, De Soto De Son

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  • After releasing one of the best-reviewed albums of 2009, Animal Collective followed ten months later with one of the best EPs of the year, Fall Be Kind. An easily digestible slice of the band at their best, the five-tracker amplif... After releasing one of the best-reviewed albums of 2009, Animal Collective followed ten months later with one of the best EPs of the year, Fall Be Kind. An easily digestible slice of the band at their best, the five-tracker amplifies the circular harmonies of Merriweather Post Pavilion, but substitutes a slightly more laid-back feel compared to the dense, frenzied sound of Merriweather. The opener "Graze" begins with atmospherics and tremulous lyrics, but soon explodes with the same fervor and energy of past AC classics. The second track, "What Would I Want? Sky," deserves its place with Animal Collective's best, led by a Grateful Dead sample and including several distinct parts that form close to seven minutes of overlapping harmonies, wheezing and clanking found sounds, and ambient drone. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • While critics found it easy to lump Animal Collective in with the freak folk scene after the strumming madness of Sung Tongs, Feels may cause them to revise their opinions -- slightly. First, this is more of a rock record, especia... While critics found it easy to lump Animal Collective in with the freak folk scene after the strumming madness of Sung Tongs, Feels may cause them to revise their opinions -- slightly. First, this is more of a rock record, especially early on; the frequent cymbal crashes and pounding drums leave little doubt. Second, Feels has less of the aimless meandering of many artists in the freak folk scene. AC can, and do, explode at any second, and their whirl of musical ideas -- mostly naturalistic, such as intricate vocalizing or tribal drumming -- can become dizzying, but gleefully so, not in a disorienting way. (Imagine Fiery Furnaces condensing an entire album down to three minutes and you'll begin to understand the sound of the second song, "Grass.") So, while the folk tag has become less of an issue, freak still applies with no doubt. A core strength of the group is its ability to sound invigorated and bracing when exploring territory often surveyed in the past. Rock music can be a constraining form, especially at this late date, but the group sounds freer than ever before, almost as though they've never bothered with rock in their lives, and have only happened upon a bare few LPs before beginning their recording career. (If so, one of those would have been by Mercury Rev, although Animal Collective are much less patient in building to a climax -- "The Purple Bottle" has at least a dozen of them.) As on Sung Tongs, the first half is active, direct, and punchy -- nearly overloaded with production and ideas -- while the second half explores quiet, abstract moods, often with only a few tremulous vocals accompanied by autoharp. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • Animal Collective have brought the celestial down to earth with each record, but they've never sounded simultaneously otherworldly and approachable quite like they do on Merriweather Post Pavilion. Their eighth studio LP, it finds... Animal Collective have brought the celestial down to earth with each record, but they've never sounded simultaneously otherworldly and approachable quite like they do on Merriweather Post Pavilion. Their eighth studio LP, it finds them at their best -- straining farther away from conventional song structure and accompaniment, even while doubling back to reach lyrical themes and modes of singing at their most basic or child-like. Where before AC expertly inserted experimental snippets into relatively straight-ahead songs, Merriweather Post Pavilion sees them reach some kind of denouement where pop music ends and pure sonic experience begins -- the sound is the only structure. Dismantling the framework of a pop song almost entirely (but using recurring passages in a very poppy way), the group offer a series of overlapping circular elements, all of which occasionally come together for a chorus but then break apart just as quickly. The music itself, at least what's describable about it, consists of deep bass pulses and art-damaged guitars with overlapping vocal harmonies that rise in a holy chorus. This may sound much like previous Animal Collective highlights, but where those records seemed like a series of accidental masterpieces -- the type of work that sounds brilliant only because it's been culled from hundreds of hours of tape -- Merriweather Post Pavilion is a perfectly organized record, not a note out of place, not a second wasted. It has the excitement and energy of Sung Tongs, the ragged sonic glory of Feels, and Strawberry Jam's ability to make separate parts come together in a glorious whole. Like the best experimental rockers surging toward nirvana -- from the Beach Boys to Mercury Rev -- Animal Collective have not only created a private soundworld like none other, they've also made it an inviting place to visit. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • Probably my favorite album out this year. Easily.

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  • You know the drill. Animal Collective EP.... new..... get it.

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  • Panda Bear is the moniker of Noah Lennox, the founding member of Animal Collective. This is his third solo album and it been widely praised by, basically, everyone that listens to it. It's comparable to Pet Sounds and is destined ... Panda Bear is the moniker of Noah Lennox, the founding member of Animal Collective. This is his third solo album and it been widely praised by, basically, everyone that listens to it. It's comparable to Pet Sounds and is destined to be one of the better albums ever,

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  • The album name, although it's a great cheery album makes me sad to read, autumn is here, and the summer is being put to rest... so yes it's a wee bit late to recommend but play this record in memory of all the good times spent in ... The album name, although it's a great cheery album makes me sad to read, autumn is here, and the summer is being put to rest... so yes it's a wee bit late to recommend but play this record in memory of all the good times spent in "summertime clothes"

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  • They say this album is folk like, I'd have to disagree, although it has folk roots, it's too experimental to be just "folk" get it and tell me who you disagree with.

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  • Yeah that's a nasty looking strawberry jam, doesn't even look sweet.... BUT once you slap this slab o wax on the turntable the oh so sweet melodies will leave you only wanting more.

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  • is it me, or do good bands always have amazing show posters. Maybe it's random, but it's probably no coincidence. I think artistic genius flows in all directions, through all chanels. This is no exception.