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  • Summary: Electric where the mellower 'Sung Tongs' was acoustic, 'Feels' is nevertheless another idiosyncratic outing for the freak-folk four-piece.

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Banshee Beat
There'll be time to get by, to get dry after the swimming pool Oh there'll be time to just cry, I wonder why it didn't work out There'll be time to... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    Breathlessly giddy and shamelessly trippy. [21 Oct 2005, p.75]
  2. Magnet
    90
    Feels is layered as no other Collective album before it. [#70, p.87]
  3. Urb
    90
    To call these songs ambitious would be an understatement. [Oct 2005, p.76]
  4. Uncut
    80
    Feels depends on a balancing act between brilliance and whimsy, and some may need convincing that a purposely childlike band... is not twee. [Nov 2005, p.110]
  5. Half of the album is rambunctious and full, driving and manic; the other half charms us with melancholic lullabies fueled by a single sip from the purple bottle. The result: With Feels, Animal Collective has created its first pop masterpiece.
  6. Working best with eyes closed and a fertile imagination, Feels plays like a dreamscape of interconnected happenings, some coincidental, some intended, that's as dense as it is languid.
  7. Feels fails to come together as a coherent whole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  1. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    All of their albums have their own unique sound, it takes a trained ear to notice these but once you do it's amazing how they can create thisAll of their albums have their own unique sound, it takes a trained ear to notice these but once you do it's amazing how they can create this sound that is so particular to the album. I love this album and I use it to study a lot because I don't know why but the music makes me feel good. Expand
  2. taphead
    Jan 12, 2006
    10
    hey have you guys heard of this band animal collective? they're pretty good.
  3. Charles
    Oct 18, 2005
    10
    This is the best cd to come out this year ahead of CYHSY and Sufjan. This is probably their most accessible cd (not saying much) and they This is the best cd to come out this year ahead of CYHSY and Sufjan. This is probably their most accessible cd (not saying much) and they sound more like Spirit Theyve Vanished than Sung Tongs but with tighter songs. The Purple Bottle is the best song all year and Banshee Beat is up there as well. Great Cd. Expand
  4. ChrisJ.
    Sep 20, 2007
    10
    Simply amazing.
  5. BenU
    Dec 21, 2005
    9
    A fantastic Album by one of the best groups out there today. They actually rock ono this one!
  6. HollisG.
    Aug 16, 2007
    9
    While I miss the acoustic vibe on "Sung Tongs", I understand that AC is going for a different thing on this album, and judging it on its own While I miss the acoustic vibe on "Sung Tongs", I understand that AC is going for a different thing on this album, and judging it on its own merits, this is a pretty wild ride. While I haven't gotten to the point where I will really sit down and listen to all of "Daffy Duck" like some people on here, it's obvious to me that there is more to this album than just "Grass" & "Purple Bottle" (both of which I love). When I saw AC in Tokyo this past March, "Banshee Beat" was the stand-out by far, and re-listening to the album opened my eyes again to the beauty of "the rest of the album", esp. "Loch Raven" & "Banshee Beat". Expand
  7. Lam2Nature
    Dec 15, 2005
    0
    Bullshit Music!!!

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