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. TonyF
    Jul 13, 2006
    my favorite collective album, blew me away when i first heard it and still gets me going whenever I put it on. It's truly unique and a step forward for music experimentation. Expand
  2. Jojo
    Dec 1, 2004
    I give it a 10 based solely in relation to other 2004 releases. This is the album of the year, for sure.
  3. Nick
    Aug 30, 2005
    Leaf House may be the best song ever written. Beside that this album evokes all that I love from music. Wholly unique and completely infactuating.
  4. michardr
    Jun 24, 2004
  5. Elliott
    Sep 3, 2005
    I just have to say that I sincerely love ALL 12 minutes of "Visiting Friends." With headphones on, it gives me the chills...yes, for 12 minutes. I do think the last three songs fail to quite match up to the rest of the album, but this is a winner for sure. One of the best of 2004, without a doubt. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Mar 4, 2007
    Starts out great, but the second half kind of loses it, with the exception of "We Tigers". Still a great album, but get Feels. It's much better.
  7. kylea
    May 9, 2005
    I absolutely despise these two and everything they stand for. Pretentious art creeps. Go do your heroin away from my eardrums.

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