Banjo or Freakout - Banjo or Freakout
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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  1. Feb 23, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was very disappointed with the pitchfork review. It talks about the album like an ambient one and I think that's completely wrong. I also found weird the fact that the reviewer mentioned Panda Bear and Atlas Sound as inspiration points but didn't mention Spacemen 3, Can and Arthur Russell which to me seem closer to what Banjo Or Freakout are doing. There are obvious reference points but the sense of melody and exploration are all Banjo Or Freakout. I'll give it a 10! Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2012
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Absolutely LOVE this album. I think because of the production it needs a few listens to be fully understood. It's just lovely. To me these songs sound like some little small pop songs hidden underneath layers of noise. Just love it! Expand
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 15, 2011
    50
    Yup, Banjo or Freakout is definitely best enjoyed at night or stoned, or both.
  2. 60
    The album's strengths indeed grow on you with time, but his failure to capture these strengths as a whole is what denies it stature among other bedroom recordings.
  3. Mar 1, 2011
    60
    He has talent, he's capable, and he's got a future - there are occasional flashes of creativity-stuffed aptitude - but this time around they're merely flashes.