Tamer Animals - Other Lives
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  • Summary: Such orchestral instruments as the bassoon, cello, clarinet, trumpet, and violin are featured on the second album from Oklahoma indie rock band Other Lives, previously known as Kunek.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 1, 2012
    90
    It's the most uniquely sublime, meticulous and heroic 40 minutes of 2011.
  2. Those who enjoy seeking out the layers of composition and the finest of details will no doubt appreciate and gravitate towards a record as expertly crafted as this.
  3. Feb 1, 2012
    88
    A study in subtly, Tamer Animals proves that more of less isn't just memorable--it's damn near magical.
  4. Feb 1, 2012
    80
    This is sublime, transportive music to spend hours with.
  5. Feb 1, 2012
    74
    Even if the emotional intent often feels recycled from other records, Tamer Animals is a record that takes you places.
  6. Bar a few tracks that outstay their welcome, there is a lot to love about this album.
  7. Feb 1, 2012
    50
    It's not that there is anything abrasive or unpleasant or wrong with these songs, it's just that they all feel cut from the same pattern.

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  1. Sep 23, 2012
    10
    I decided to give this album a listen, simply because I knew the band had toured with Radiohead. I really liked the album initially, but as I listened again and again I began to lose myself in the ethereal soundscapes that Other Lives have created on this album. It is a simultaneously joyful and somber listening experience, and I love every minute of it. Comes highly recommended to those who like Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, or Fleet Foxes. It is a multi-layered, subtly hypnotizing masterpiece. Expand