Pullhair Rubeye - Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan
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  • Summary: This is the first album-length collaboration for the married duo of Animal Collective's Avey Tare and Mum's Kria Brekkan. No, you are not crazy; every song is indeed (intentionally) played backwards.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Pullhair Rubeye is significant not because of its aesthetic and non-conceptual disposition, but also for its dedication to instinct and brave novelty (in the best sense of the word).
  2. The whole thing possesses the air of a woozy reverie, a gentle disengagement from reality. [Jun 2007, p.162]
  3. It's like they rented studio time in the red room from Twin Peaks.
  4. Three or four listens in, though, and very much against my will it started to become enjoyable as (im)pure sound.
  5. Pullhair Rubeye isn’t awful, but it could’ve been great.
  6. The album is seriously frustrating.
  7. I highly recommend that Animal Collective fans seek out the re-reversed copies of Pullhair Rubeye [available illegally on the Internet]. They are enjoyable.... But then there's, you know, the thing that sits on store shelves and costs money. And that version of Pullhair Rubeye is remarkably dull.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 4, 2013
    People seem to think that Avey and Kria made the decision on reversing the songs because they thought it would be cool and impressive but it wasnt that at all. They reversed the songs because they thought it sounded good, and went well with the songs and what they were trying to do with the album. they weren't trying to be cool or anything like that. İt was the way they expressed their arrt i know this because first of all thats what they said and being a long time Collective fan i know these guys are very geniune with their work .

    That being said the songs are great when re-reversed and the reversed versions also sound pretty good. I feel like most of the hate is coming from people who thought they were just being pretentious, or trying to give the listener a challenge in the wrong way but all they were doing is making art, and pretty great art at that.

    There is some real original work here even from AC. I am sad that they broke up and wont be making more collaborations because when you look at the songs you can definitely hear a defining sound, its sad to see it go to waste. Also if the songs were released in their original way (without reverse and speeding up in some songs) it would definitely get a way higher metascore.
  2. hafnarbakki
    May 8, 2007
    I highly recommend Pitchfork to reverse their name into Krofhctip and buy all the rest of the Pullhair Rubeye albums and give them away to all Animal Collective fans for free. Expand
  3. TheDude
    Jul 17, 2007
    On first listen, knowing that the album had been reversed I didn't quite know what to think. I rushed to find reverse versions of the album's tracks and quickly (and prematurely) made up my mind: only the noncommercial version was worth hearing. But after listening to that version several times I went back, deciding to give the couple's debut another shot. A few hardcore AC fans had highly recommended the album and I figured it deserved a fair listen. What did I learn? This album grows on a person. I now understand why the couple decided to release the version they did. It is beautiful and innovative. Truly a great record. Expand
  4. rodrigor
    Apr 30, 2007
    Did just what the Pitchfork reviewer said. I "fixed" it and reversed the songs. I also slowed "sasong" and it sounds great. I read somewhere than Avey and Kria were not happy with fans reversing the album, but lets face it, the original is pretentious and boring... the fixed one is a charming, beautiful album, par to Panda Bear's Person Pitch, and one of the year's best. Expand
  5. WarrenS
    May 2, 2007
    Don't approach the album intellectually! People who fetishise music won't get it, the intention was for it to make no sense to the reasonable part of your brain; a way of stripping music of its pretensions and fetishistic glamour. There's more going on here than what can be written in a review. Expand
  6. mattk
    May 2, 2007
    i just like how it sounds. pretty damn weird and pretty damn good too.
  7. Peter
    Sep 24, 2007
    Sometimes I like to look at Metacritic's all-time worst albums list and find Pullhair Rubeye's spot on that list and think to myself, "every single one of the albums above this one sound worse than an album played backwards," and then I grin, and briefly feel bad for K-Fed. Expand

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