In Animal Tongue

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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Carla Bozulich-led project under the name Evangelista.
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  • Record Label: Constellation
  • Genre(s): Experimental, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 1, 2011
    80
    They've always been a subtle unit, resisting obvious moments of catharsis in favour of subtle dynamics, but here they manage the trick that Khanate mastered so effectively and create a tension that derives as much from the fear of silence as it does from the threat of noise.
  2. Nov 1, 2011
    80
    In Animal Tongue is not an easy listen, but it wasn't meant to be. Rather it investigates, explores, and experiments to open-ended conclusions, and to that end, it succeeds magnificently.
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    70
    At its best, when Bozulich is not just casting the spells, but stirring herself into the brew, In Animal Tongue ranks among the most provocative work she's done in recent years.
  4. The Wire
    Dec 5, 2011
    70
    Bozulich's gloom is top quality gloom, as far as that goes, but nothing here lights up the heart like [2008's] Voyager's blistering "Truth Is Dark Like Outer Space." [Sep 2011, p.51]
  5. Nov 4, 2011
    68
    After a point this lightless gloom can get a tad oppressive, but Evangelista are able to leaven the mood somewhat through consistently inventive instrumentation.
  6. Nov 28, 2011
    50
    In the end, though there are sublime moments on In Animal Tongue, the language of these insular and dark songs does not always translate well.
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    30
    Unless you're a die-hard fan of Bozulich's impressive and vast body of work, or like your "music" to be as willfully oblique as possible, In Animal Tongue is the type of record where you can save some precious coin by taking a pass on it.

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