Down There

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
Buy On
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    60
    At best, the songs nudge around the furniture in your skull. At worst, they burble, drift and pleasantly fade away.
  2. 60
    While it feels great to have some undiluted Avey Tare material, he seems a little creatively restless here.
  3. Alternative Press
    Oct 29, 2010
    40
    This is strictly a headphone listen--or, more likely, non-listen. [Nov 2010, p.108]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. sdk
    Nov 2, 2010
    10
    Avey Tare has created one of the best experimental pop records of the year. Tare has the uncanny ability to syphon new and interesting soundsAvey Tare has created one of the best experimental pop records of the year. Tare has the uncanny ability to syphon new and interesting sounds from the ether with Down There, a quaint, substantive record that will (IMHO) withhold the strain of time and musical prowess across the collective consciousness. He has truly created a new genre. Full Review »
  2. Oct 30, 2010
    9
    Avey Tare has finally shown us what he brings to Collective, and I was caught totally unawares by this album. I expected noisy, clutteredAvey Tare has finally shown us what he brings to Collective, and I was caught totally unawares by this album. I expected noisy, cluttered songs with scattered yelps and screams based on Portner's other projects, but Down There is a lo-fi, densely layered album that creates a unique distant sound quite unlike anything else I've ever heard. I fell in love with Portner's voice on Spirit, because I felt his honesty and pain coming through, a quality I felt was lost on later AnCo albums. Down There does an amazing job of bringing that kid back out of Avey. It seems that many AnCo fans think that Panda is the yin to Avey's yang, and the two run a system of checks and balances on each other. This album proves that Portner can control himself from getting to weird and wild on his own, and in fact, my only complaint with this album is that maybe he did tone it down just a little too much. I personally love the screams on songs like Reverend Green, and I think maybe just a little more of a rock-out on one or two songs on Down There would have made it a 10.

    Overall, this is a dark album that certainly takes multiple listens to get into, but for any fan of older AnCo stuff, or anyone who appreciates vocals becoming layers in the songs, rather than slapped on top of them, this is a fantastic, rewarding album. Additionally, because the album is so short, I find myself listening to it straight through most of the time, but if you're looking for the standouts, I recommend Laughing Hieroglyphic, Oliver Twist, Ghost of Books, and Lucky 1.
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  3. Oct 29, 2010
    7
    Swampy stuff, right? A good debut album. I'd go with Lucky 1 and 3 Umbrellas.