Sung Tongs - Animal Collective
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn-based collective (on this release, reduced to the duo of Avey Tare and Panda Bear) combine vocal harmonies, a pair of acoustic guitars, and diverse influences into a unique sound on this latest release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    Rarely has contrived weirdness sounded so utterly bewitching. [Jun 2004, p.85]
  2. 90
    This is what you get when you give an overactive imagination the space to expand; it’s indescribably perfect.
  3. On Sung Tongs, the group has deftly combined all the traces that ran through their earlier work into a vibrant and beautiful collage that flows as smoothly as Here Comes the Indian, with all the mood of Campfire Songs, and even more pop hooks than Spirit.
  4. While some may scoff at the gentler side of the Animal Collective (especially when contrasted with the fully electric assault of last year's studio release), Sung Tongs easily stands alone as a crowning achievement in their eclectic discography, one that finds the group fully in control of their musical prowess and all the better for it.
  5. Although the duo didn't record nearly enough material to justify checking out quite so soon, Sung Tongs is a striking record, a breath of fresh air within experimentalist indie rock.
  6. Holistically, there's nothing remarkably new here that hasn't been pursued before by this collective. The execution is nice and easily situates this album in the top two of their performances, and the sound quality far surpasses their previous efforts.
  7. You can imagine a modern-day Syd Barrett coming up with similar ideas after being locked in a closet with a laptop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Sep 10, 2012
    This album is going on a decade in age and it's one of the epitomes of the limits that can be done with the structure of sound. When I am in the mood for it, there is nothing that can take it's place. I'm in love with the album. Expand
  2. Oct 8, 2010
    I miss the acoustic guitars. This was the first Animal Collective album I ever heard, by the time Leaf House ended my mind was thoroughly blown to the back of the room. It was, for a long time, my favorite record ever made. There's a really great, driving energy to this album, even in the most ambient and freeform moments. Winter's Love is probably one of the best songs they've ever written. Might not be the best starting place for a new fan but it's definitely one of their best. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    For anyone who has never listened to any Animal Collective except for Merriweather Post Pavillon and/or Centipede Hz, be prepared for the fact that this album is vastly different from those two. Sung Tongs is a strange and experimental folk album that contains little to none of the electronic-style that characterizes these two albums. That said, it goes from freaky to beautiful sometimes within the same song, and while a few of its tracks drag a little too long, it still stands as a great album by a great band. Expand

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