Animal Lover - The Residents
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  • Summary: The mysterious San Francisco-based artists--who have been at it now for over 30 years--return with a collection of vaguely animal-themed tracks.
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  1. A beautiful concept that's been beautifully executed.
  2. Going "conventional" may be the strangest move the Residents have ever made. [May 2005, p.178]
  3. 80
    By turns oblique, soulful, scornful yet rarely dissonant. Rather, it's one of their lovelier, more formal offerings. [Mar 2005, p.108]
  4. Not for the unquesting. [Mar 2005, p.101]
  5. 60
    Fans will wallow in the superficial nuttiness of it all--though profound issues underlie the wilful eccentricity. [Mar 2005, p.96]
  6. 60
    Dystopia pop at its most intriguing. [May 2005, p.93]
  7. For better or for worse, the rest of the music world has caught up with them. [#9]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. GeneG
    Jan 9, 2006
    10
    I always loved their - and now also more/ Very minds album/ Great thanx!!!
  2. billp
    May 14, 2005
    10
    Best i've heard from the Residents in quite a long time.
  3. AlanJ
    May 13, 2005
    10
    Doesn't sound anything like The Residents, but could not have been done by anyone else. Indescribably beautiful.
  4. vincet
    May 29, 2005
    10
    This is a fantastic CD. Some of the best work ever by the eyeballs. Unlike anything I have ever heard. A very refreshing change to what music has offered in the last few years. Expand
  5. WayneB
    May 18, 2005
    9
    After 30 years of existence and without any line-up changes (as for as we know, right?), this band comes up with the most original/conceptual album of the year! How can one accurately describe this gem? It should appeal to the entire spectrum of music maniacs who visit this site; from pop puppies to avant alligators! We can only now hope The Residents decide to tour and bring Animal Lover to the live stage like they did for the Demon Lover record!!! Expand
  6. paulm
    Jun 20, 2005
    9
    animal lover is one of their most melodic releases ever. i am huge fan and have been for 20 years. although my favorites are Not Available, Meet the Residents, Fingerprince and Dusk Stab, for them to release something so uniquely dark and beautiful after 30 years says a lot. the only thing wish it had more of are the haunting vocals from the past. the female arrangements are brilliant and weird, but a bit less personal. thank you Expand
  7. Moee
    May 2, 2005
    4
    It's fake nature art.....and that's it.