Strawberry Jam

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  • Summary: The eighth album from the New York-based group.

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Peacebone
Bonefish A Peacebone got found in the dinosaur wing Well I've been jumpin all over, but my views were slowly shrinking I was a jugular vein in a... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 'Cuckoo Cuckoo' is another moment in which Animal Collective reach a new level of compositional mastery and broaden their territory.
  2. Due to its extreme use of repetition and electronics, it forgoes much of the curious, daydream-esque dynamic which had dominated previous Collective releases, but what has been assembled here is an astute, entrancing deconstruction of pop music. Highly and happily recommended to all.
  3. Strawberry Jam might be art, but more interestingly, Strawberry Jam might be pop. Okay, avant-pop.
  4. Under The Radar
    80
    The overall portrait is that of a fruitful collision of four like-minded, talented artists bursting with ideas, and smart enough not to take their own genius seriously. [Fall 2007, p.78]
  5. What is exploding, writhing and fermenting behind Avey Tare's erratic voice is what's most interesting about this poppy, though experimental, set.
  6. This album's reduced sonic density is both refreshing and slightly disappointing, since the confounding head-rush of their tunes was always a large part of their appeal.
  7. Mojo
    60
    An album of mischievous melody, fairground keyboards, cut'n'paste aural collage and an undeniable love of pop all but buried in junk shop Dadaist clatter. [Oct 2007, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
  1. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    people like Herbert below who wheel out the word 'hipster' everytime they cant digest something or dont like it need to be publicly lynchedpeople like Herbert below who wheel out the word 'hipster' everytime they cant digest something or dont like it need to be publicly lynched and also preferably beheaded. strawberry jam is another cranium busting game changer of a record from AC. a classic record between two other classic records of theres. Expand
  2. Mark
    Sep 17, 2007
    10
    Could Rolling Stone be just a touch more irrelevant? Jesus Christ...
  3. Bryan00111000110
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    I've been a fan for a few years now, and this is their apex so far...just all the great melodies and the odd structures make it so I've been a fan for a few years now, and this is their apex so far...just all the great melodies and the odd structures make it so enjoyable...unsolved mysteries has great drums, and cuckoo cuckoo is so damn powerful....10! 10! 10! Expand
  4. DickD.
    Oct 26, 2007
    10
    Album of the year
  5. Gman
    Sep 12, 2007
    9
    Astonishing as usual. On this showing, you wonder why everyone else working in the field of music doesn't just give up and go home. Astonishing as usual. On this showing, you wonder why everyone else working in the field of music doesn't just give up and go home. Animal Collective are so way ahead of all other bands around today they frankly make everything else sound irrelevant. As important to this decade as Can or My Bloody Valentine were to theirs, there's only one other album released this year that can compare to Strawberry Jam and that was a solo album by a member of Animal Collective! (Panda Bear's 'Person Pitch'). Pitchfork are spot on with their review but it worries me that not every one is as positive. These people are PAID to write about music, for God's sake. If they don't get how great this band and this album are they clearly don't have any understanding of music and perhaps shouldn't be writing about the subject. Maybe they should turn their literary talents to writing for magaines about gardening or something. Expand
  6. MikeS.
    Sep 19, 2007
    9
    Possibly their best... why is it a nine? its really good, more structured but still kinda "out there." a little too much electronic noise, Possibly their best... why is it a nine? its really good, more structured but still kinda "out there." a little too much electronic noise, but even thats starting to grow on me. Definitely one of the best for 2007. Expand
  7. HerbertP.
    Dec 11, 2007
    3
    This is passing for music these days? Hipsters will eat up anything if an obscure band shits it out.

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