• Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Release Date: Jun 1, 2004
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 82
  2. Negative: 3 out of 82

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  1. Dec 26, 2013
    8
    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 sometimesFor 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
  2. Sep 10, 2012
    10
    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.
  3. Oct 8, 2010
    9
    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 everI 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
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83

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
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  1. 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.
  2. Stunning and dizzying, Sung Tongs’ strangeness will spin around your head for months to come.
  3. 86
    As simple as the instrumentation is on the album... they use it to maximum effect. [#11, p.98]