Animal Collective (album/EP rankings)
Submitted by Zacharyyy on Sat, 03/06/2010 - 13:50
- Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished. Avey Tare, Panda Bear. 2000. It sounds like ghosts; it sounds like children; it sounds like agony; it sounds like nonsense; it sounds beautiful. (Standout track: the epic "Alvin Row" and the transcendental "Spirit They've Vanished").
- Person Pitch. Panda Bear. 2007. Recreating lo-fi bedroom pop into lush yet minimal fanfares. Filled with calm spiritual understanding as well as sorting through emotional turmoils. A playful yet heartrending work. (Standout track: The hypnotic "Bros")
- Here Comes The Indian. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, Geologist. 2003. The first recording with the whole band is the most complete panorama of all their sounds, for better or for worse, mostly the former. (Standout track: The insane "Native Belle").
- Strawberry Jam. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, Geologist. 2007. Accessible and yet without much artistic compromise, although the second half has its many weak points.(Standout track: The raw "For Reverend Green").
- Danse Manatee. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist. 2001. Violent, horrific, while gleefully and wildly experimental; while not accessible at all, this is the most out there and intriguing release they've done. (Standout track: The almost frightening "Essplode" and the tribal "Runnin The Round Ball").
- Young Prayer. Panda Bear. 2004. aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh *strum strum strum Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh *struuuuuuuum*... Soulful and sincere and touchingly elegiac. The minimalism of the music accentuate the feeling of a lost presence, of some earnest soaring dirge. (Standout track: "Untitled" hurr).
- Fall Be Kind EP. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist. 2009. What MPP should have been: a catchy, yet still exploratory work; a set of beautiful uplifting musings. (Standout track: the weirdly timed yet catchy-as-fuck "What Would I Want? Sky").
- Feels. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, Geologist. 2005. Soft, playful, and nuanced, it is probably their most "child-like" album, and also probably their easiest. (Standout track: the quaintly climaxless "Banshee Beat").
- Campfire Songs. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin. 2003. Freejazz folkpop that was recorded in a way that implies the title and, really, just sounds like what you'd expect, with lyrics ranging from heartbreaking to hilarious to retarded. (Standout track: the heartbreaking "Doggy").
- Hollinndagain (Live). Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist. 2002. Shows the power that the band can have live; it's essentially a more improvised, less polished version of Danse Manatee. (Standout track: The meandering A-side song-cycle "I See You Pan/Pride And Fight").
- Water Curses EP. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, Geologist. 2008. Very obviously a songs-not-good-enough-for-Strawberry-Jam release. That said, the ttile track is a beautifully weird signal of things to come. (Standout track: as I said, the jumpy shoegaze-y title track "Water Curses").
- Merriweather Post Pavilion. Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist. 2009. A fucked experimental band experiments with some pretty, kind of empty, purely pop-y musings and fail beautifully, but they still fail. (Standout track: The heartfelt "In The Flowers").
- Sung Tongs. Avey Tare, Panda Bear. 2004. Hackneyed songwriting, shallow "quirkiness", and boring rehashings abound on what amounts to Raffi For Hispters. (Standout track: the effervescent "Who Could Win A Rabbit").
One of the weirdest and best bands of the 2000s. (not a hipster)...
(Average rating: 6.423)