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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Animal Collective co-founder was recorded by Josh Dibb (Deakin) with contributions from Angel Deradoorian, Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney,
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 21, 2017
    80
    Avey Tare’s stream of vanishing sounds, creaking floorboards, and silently intonated lullabies is romantic in its faded resemblance to our radiant, ever-growing environment; but as with Portner’s newly adopted city of Los Angeles, the supposed nature exists purely as an extension of the human desire to create and actualize what we see in our minds.
  2. Jul 24, 2017
    80
    What’s also new about this particular Dave Portner is that the overflow of ideas, lyrics, and themes doesn’t turn spastic and blurry like it has on records past. Eucalyptus, though adventurous, is down to earth and focused. It’s by far the most spiritual Avey Tare has ever sounded (except for the transcendent love on AnCo staple ‘Fireworks’).
  3. Aug 17, 2017
    80
    Benefiting from Deradoorian’s ghostly vocals and Eyvand King’s orchestrations, Eucalyptus offers rich blooms wherever it roams.
  4. 65
    At just over an hour, Eucalyptus is a bit too sprawling, and could have probably been pruned comfortably in half. This may have made it a little bit more accessible and coherent, but given Avey Tare’s boundary pushing mindset, this probably would have missed the point.
  5. Sep 6, 2017
    60
    Your enjoyment of this record almost completely depends on if it sounds good to you in writing. If a slowly moving, patient, and weird Avey Tare record sounds appealing, it almost assuredly will be; for the masses, however, some sections may register as too playfully weird.
  6. Mojo
    Jul 25, 2017
    60
    Odd tracks recall Animal Collective, but these immersive 63 minutes mostly ripple with hallucinatory effect, overdubs virtually free of beats. [Sep 2017, p.92]
  7. 40
    The free rein afforded by this latest solo effort renders most of these 15 tracks unrecognisable as songs.

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  1. Jul 22, 2017
    10
    You can't influence the user score of records just because it's "competition" to whatever it is that you're listening to. Giving this record aYou can't influence the user score of records just because it's "competition" to whatever it is that you're listening to. Giving this record a 0 and then elaborating that it's ONLY a 0 to skew the numbers in favor of your musical taste is disingenuous and indicative of your insecurity in your musical taste. Why don't you take that garbage elsewhere? Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2017
    10
    This is a great album. 10 is generous, yes, but I feel like this album deserves this since its such a great return to animal collective'sThis is a great album. 10 is generous, yes, but I feel like this album deserves this since its such a great return to animal collective's roots. There are some pure bangers on here, and some slower ballads both of which are great. A big highlight are the lyrics and the emotion Dave shows when he sings. Expand