Animal Collective (album/EP rankings)

  1. 10/10.
  2. 9.5/10.
  3. 9/10.
  4. 8.5/10.
  5. 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").
  6. 8/10.
  7. 7.5/10.
  8. 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")
  9. 7/10.
  10. 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").
  11. 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").
  12. 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").
  13. 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).
  14. 6.5/10.
  15. 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").
  16. 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").
  17. 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").
  18. 6/10.
  19. 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").
  20. 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").
  21. 5.5/10.
  22. 5/10.
  23. 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").
  24. 4.5/10.
  25. 4/10.
  26. 3.5/10.
  27. 3/10.
  28. 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").
  29. 2.5/10.
  30. 2/10.
  31. 1.5/10.
  32. 1/10.
  33. 0.5/10.
  34. 0/10.
Author Comments: 

One of the weirdest and best bands of the 2000s. (not a hipster)...

(Average rating: 6.423)

Ahhh yes interesting... Here're mine.

1. Spirit has always been apart from anything else they've done for me. I still remember hearing that first song, my mind was blown, I'd never heard anything so impossible and infinite.

2. Feels - I haven't listened in awhile, but this was the one that seemed like it brought together songwriting and drone and beauty in the most COMPLETE way. Liking this album has made me easily mistaken for the fans who think the band got better and better, but I guess I just saw this midpoint as a great exhibition of restraint.

3. Young Prayer was totally unexpected. I think it's a great cohesive concept & sound, love what he makes an acoustic guitar do.

4. Sung Tongs - surprised you consider this the worst! I do think the "experiments" on this album are overrated compared to the songs, but I like how stripped-down the affair is.

5. Person Pitch should be one of my favorites in theory, because I love gorgeous loop-drone stuff, and to be sure it's awesome, but I've never seen quite as much CONTENT as everyone else.

6. Here Comes The Indian needs a little more time, I'm sure I'll appreciate it more someday.

7. Strawberry Jam was moderately successful at the overkill it seemed to be going for, but I always thought that was the POINT -- people who really like the album seem to think it's more detailed than cement-mixer.

8. Campfire Songs is a pretty consistent meh for me.

9. Merriweather Post Pavillion is the antichrist. Full impossibly long diatribe here:

Your list is also interesting!

I really really really love 3 songs on Sung Tongs (Leaf House, Sweet Road, Who Could Win A Rabbit) but there's so much of it that just seems like they're just trying to do shit they've done before just acoustic.

The only thing I can think of to your Merriweather Post Pavilion thing: I love you. <3