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  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Less dynamic and more ruminative than The Ruminant Band, here are 10 songs and a poky instrumental for country hippies manque and other shaggy folk down on the little luck they ever had.
  2. Aug 24, 2011
    All said and done, it's the kind of enchanting, quietly literate indie rock record you could build an intricately compelling life story from, while retaining a fascinating jumble of half-told, quarter-understood anecdotes, stolen glances and sad, gleaming characters for leftovers. Lovely stuff.
  3. Magnet
    Nov 11, 2011
    Tripper is a strummy, breezy delight. [#81, p. 55]
  4. Aug 3, 2011
    It's a surprisingly dark turn for Johnson, but it is executed beautifully and is not only the best song here, but one of the best in the Fruit Bats' catalog.
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    Johnson-who's also currently putting in time as a member of The Shins-keeps the Bats' sound relevant the same way he always has: crafting songs that are sharp and to the point while avoiding the tweeness that saddles some of today's folk bands.
  6. Aug 9, 2011
    Tripper finishes strong, picking up steam on the swooning album-closer "Picture Of A Bird," proving Fruit Bats is strongest when it chooses not to abandon its roots completely, and straddles the line where past meets present.
  7. Aug 25, 2011
    There's too many synths, too many hooks, and just too much happening for us to enjoy it. The charm is gone, and we're left with a mess too muddy to understand.

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  1. Sep 15, 2011
    This album is definitely a departure from prior work, and doesn't have the immediate beauty of, say, "Singing Joy to the World" or theThis album is definitely a departure from prior work, and doesn't have the immediate beauty of, say, "Singing Joy to the World" or the rollicking Allman Bros-esque jamming of their earlier work. But it definitely is growing on me, and its more stylized sound is definitely not a "staying put". Expand