Feels - Animal Collective
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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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  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Breathlessly giddy and shamelessly trippy. [21 Oct 2005, p.75]
  2. This is a wonderful album -- and a significant advance over the excellent Sung Tongs.
  3. Feels is an excellent record, one that, despite a more conventional approach, happens to get better over time.
  4. 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.
  5. It's on the sonic departures, though, that Feels strikes its most resonant chord.
  6. Too much of the record seems content to be beautifully languid, but too flighty to really unsettle you. [#11, p.105]
  7. Feels fails to come together as a coherent whole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
  2. Negative: 3 out of 50
  1. Nov 2, 2010
    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 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. Collapse
  2. FletcherB
    Jan 5, 2006
    This, along with the EP, is the best collection of songs releasd all year. Hands down, the most innovative and awe inspiring artists of recent memory
  3. MattP
    Oct 17, 2005
    This is a perfect album. If you didn't like sung tongs you won't get it, but it's there, and perfect. All the songs, ranging from beautiful slow stoner-ish songs to super happy pop upbeat pop songs to cathartic, building rock songs are breathtaking. Every time I listen to it I find something new I like. It is concise, yet full of material of all kinds. The arrangement of the songs, the order, is perfect, just like everything else about the album. Expand
  4. EricC.
    Sep 14, 2007
    Though Avey Tare and Panda Bear are the most prominent members, you can really notice the presence of Geographer and Deakin, the more "electronic" members. They were absent from Sung Tongs, and I can't help but love having them back. They add even more layers to the already thick sounds of Animal Collective. It's funny, though, how the album starts off. Did You See the Words sounds like a by-the-books indie song (though a spectacular one). Luckily, though, the album soon goes back to what gained AC such a devoted following. An easier listen than anything they ever made, though still obviously experimental, this cd gives proof as to why they are widely considered an elite indie band, up there with The Shins, Arcade Fire, and Spoon. Expand
  5. brenom
    Nov 12, 2005
    it's a dawn hot good album!
  6. Desmond
    Apr 19, 2007
    A very odd and mysterious collection of songs. It is catchy yet distant. It is pop but with an ambient, dreamy feel to it. Definitely reccomended if you want to try some thing new. Expand
  7. Lam2Nature
    Dec 15, 2005
    Bullshit Music!!!

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