Young Prayer - Panda Bear
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  • Summary: This short solo disc for half of the current Animal Collective lineup was recorded in 2002 after the death of his father.
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  1. What results is an achingly brutal intensity given to each broken phrase, scream and sigh.
  2. Armed mainly with just his guitar and voice, Panda Bear creates some of the most longing and heart-rending songs you'll ever hear.
  3. It's the kind of record that will have a profound impact on a small number of people, be ridiculed by many more, and never be heard at all by almost everybody.
  4. If you're a fan of work by the Animal Collective, you'll probably want to check this out, but keep in mind that you'll need a little patience.
  5. A restrained lamentation, a controlled elegiac mediation on the death of a loved one.
  6. As much a personal meditation as Sung Tongs is a social celebration.
  7. Rather than being a well-planned effort, the record is perhaps a means of casual, off-the-cuff catharsis for the artist. [#8, p.116]

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  1. mattp
    Jun 4, 2005
    one of the most amazing albums to listen to alone listen to the way his voice just pour out of him, like it's being channeled. at times playful, and spooky, it always reminds me of old antiques, beautiful and.. um, yes i'm high why do you ask? Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2013
    Although Young Prayer isn't a very ambitious or experimental project unlike Panda Bear's AnCo work, he is able to pull off a beautiful, soothing piece of music. Listen to it on a cold winter day walking down an icy sidewalk and you'll understand why this is a masterpiece. Expand
  3. MJ88
    May 1, 2007
    Great stuff. So amazingly heartfelt... it's a must-listen.
  4. Aug 4, 2014
    Nowhere near as good as Person Pitch or Tomboy, but still has a few somewhat decent qualities going for it. Panda Bear is at his best when he's experimenting, and this just isn't that much of a risk. Expand