Sung Tongs - Animal Collective

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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. Stunning and dizzying, Sung Tongs’ strangeness will spin around your head for months to come.
  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. 90
    Melds way-out weird with a pop welcome that sounds like no one else around right now. [May 2004, p.105]
  5. 90
    This is what you get when you give an overactive imagination the space to expand; it’s indescribably perfect.
  6. Sung Tongs is an inch more sublime than anything they've done previously, with more phenomenal use of their manic choir of Motown vocals, less scattered, clique-ish dissonance, and more sideshow bubblegum-pop freaking out on god-knows-what powerful substance.
  7. Despite its eclecticism and relatively Dadaist leanings, Sung Tongs is a romantic album; romantic in its celebration of innocence and nonsensical shared knowledge, and the sweet, trusted idea that everything will be fine-- as if it hadn't always been.
  8. 86
    As simple as the instrumentation is on the album... they use it to maximum effect. [#11, p.98]
  9. Sung Tongs is 12 tracks and 52 minutes of the most bizarre and absolutely mind-bendingly infectious pop music that you'll hear this year.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 77 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »