Sunbathing Animal - Parquet Courts
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Brooklyn-based rock band led by Andrew Savage follows the title track's 7-inch single release on Record Store Day.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. May 27, 2014
    89
    From skittish garage-blues ("Duckin and Dodgin") to pale blue-eyed elongations ("Instant Disassembly"), it all hits like a blast of warm subway air on a cold day.
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    80
    These Brooklyn dudes go even deeper on Sunbathing Animal.
  3. May 27, 2014
    80
    They’re unequivocally, without question, 100% no longer a promising band to watch out for. Instead they’re an essential band to love.
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    The album’s last bit kind of peters out, but what comes before it is amusing and fun.
  5. 70
    Somehow, this record sounds like it's skipping or running at the wrong speed, yet completely natural all the while. [Jul 2014, p.100]
  6. Jul 8, 2014
    70
    PQ are at their best when they’re short, sweet and erratic.
  7. Jun 5, 2014
    60
    It's a world that starts to feel repetitive after a while; and so when they do try something different, it pays off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 8, 2014
    9
    I was a late comer to Parquet Courts. I was shown Light Up Gold, and thought Stoned and Starving was a solid track, but the rest were just notI was a late comer to Parquet Courts. I was shown Light Up Gold, and thought Stoned and Starving was a solid track, but the rest were just not for me. Then a friend invited me to a gig they were doing in Leeds, and though the atmosphere was a bit flat, the sound was great. I started bopping along to Master Of My Craft and Borrowed Time. After that, I listened to the album over and over, and it became my favourite offering of last year. Terrific, brash and joyful sound, against the sometimes disaffected tone of the lyrics.

    I looked forward to this album with great relish, after having enjoyed the last one so much. But on first listen, Always Back In Town and Instant Dissasembly stood out, but I was a bit cold to the rest. I thought their ability to cook up great riffs and an addictive, thick sound had deserted them. But after a few more listens to individual tracks, the same effect that Light had on me began to creep in. Now tracks like What Color Is Blood and Dear Ramona sound fantastic to me.

    So in effect, more of the same from Parquet Courts. It's by no means perfect, but it's my favourite offering of 2014 to date.
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  2. Sep 21, 2014
    8
    When I first listened to Light Up Gold, I was greatly amazed. By that time I haven't had heard something like Parquet Courts. That album wasWhen I first listened to Light Up Gold, I was greatly amazed. By that time I haven't had heard something like Parquet Courts. That album was amazing, with a Pavement kind of mood, and a simple punk approach, it was really fun. In Sunbathing Animal I heard a very important change: maturity. It's true that in some cases it doesn't benefits the album, that's why it goes a little lower than Light Up Gold, however in most cases it really makes it better. Songs like Instant Disassembly and Raw Milk, have great melodies and more mature lyrics, and we have our share of art-punk in great songs like Ducking & Dodging and Black and White. Sunbathing Animal is a well-done new approach that only tells us that Parquet Courts are here to stay. Expand
  3. Jul 2, 2014
    7
    I like these guys. Their last album (Light Up Gold) was fun. This is a fine addition to their discography, and a good album for any fan ofI like these guys. Their last album (Light Up Gold) was fun. This is a fine addition to their discography, and a good album for any fan of rock. The tracks i enjoyed the most are "Instant Disassembly" and "Dear Ramona". They have beautiful lyrics as well as music. Expand