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Sung Tongs

4.1 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B0001J3VII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wow!

Well, no, this will NOT be everyone's cup of tea. However, if you like Aphex Twin's musical reductionism, Squarepusher's disjointedness, Radiohead's stream-of-conciousness poetry, and Matmos's then-remembered melodic fragmentation, you will ADORE this album. Sets up a sort of harmonic mantra.

It is often disjointed and makes me think of poorly remembered memories of songs I thought I knew. It's sometimes mayhem, yet quite tranquil at the same time.

A little bit like Mum... on cocaine... with a guitar.
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I have delighted in the Animal Collective's prior creations, but "Sung Tongs" is a inverted masterpiece of avant-pop spirituality and sensibility. The collective creates music that assists folks like myself in coping with the daily stress of being an inescapable hybrid of animal, spirit, and "machine". I've had this album for a few months now, and many of the more irregular tracks are among my favorites, but I must agree with and reiterate the majority of reviewers on this: Leaf House (track 1) is a exceptional song and a glowing example of this album's innate spirituality. One thing I do not accept is that many people describe the Collective's music as "drugged out" and "trippy." I saw the Animal Collective preform live in Philadelphia; they are so much more than your average acid-rock stoners and should not be described so carelessly. If you enjoy post-modern assimilations and music that tests your comprehension to the point of accepting the sheer joy of abstraction, give this album a spin.
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How to describe this album? First, I think i should describe the term freak folk. Freak folk is a genre that is recently gaining more notice and acceptance. Freak folk takes the found sounds and experimentalism of noise rock, the delicious, quirky weirdness of psychadellia, and the hypnotic, soothing strumming of folk/folk-rock.

Hypnotic and soothing is also a great way to describe this album. the band uses a great variety of odd sounds here, in much the same way Pink Floyd did throughout their illustrious career. This band should call to mind some of the psychadellic pioneers of the 60s,and also some of the folkier things that came out of the late 60s. And mixed in with the Floydian psychadellia, the 60s folk flourishes, we have unabashed experimentalist side of it all.

When one takes all these things into account, one thinks, "Jesus that has to be a mess!" And in some cases it is decidedly so. But it's a glorious, carefully constructed, ingeniously put together mess; brilliance in short. And out of all the above tangents and sides to this music, none of them ever go over the top. They keep it all contained.

If you are a fan of noise, folk, psychadellia, or anything of the like, this will most definitely keep you entertained for a while. Just keep in mind the term freak does apply here. So be ready for more than a little weirdness, but enjoy all the same.
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I love this album and ordered the vinyl directly from amazon. The record skipped several times on both side B and side D, leading me to believe this a manufacturer error. I sent mine back and received a replacement from amazon, only to find it had the same problem. This is just a warning to other customers that amazon may have gotten a "bad batch" of records from Fat Cat, the skips make some of my favorite songs on this record almost unlistenable.
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On their 'breakout' album "Sung Tongs," Animal Collective really shines as a unique group who can create infectious songs while still maintaining that originality that most involved listeners find attractive.

Before hearing this... All I'd heard of Animal Collective was the track "Slippi" off of 'Here Comes the Indian,' and although it was a good song, I didn't find them worth exploring further. That was probably 5 or 6 months before the release of Sung Tongs. Upon reading good reviews of Sung Tongs, I decided to give it a chance and bought the record on vinyl. What a lucky buy, because little did I know, the record was phenomenal and I usually only buy vinyls if the album really stands out.

The first two tracks really caught my attention and I don't think I've heard another album start off this well. What, with the beach boys-esque vocals and tribal-styled instrumentation, it was simply irresistable.

Next, things were slowed down. The dissonant strumming of "The Softest Voice" was a bit too sparse. Afterwards, 'Winters Love' slowly fades from a quiet to a slightly louder beach boys sounding track. 'Kids on Holiday' is reminiscent of the Microphones, but with that defeniate and delightfully freakish 'Animal Collective' twist.

One of my favorite tracks "Sweet Road" uses warped field recordings and fun vocal stylings... But I absolutely love the clap after they first say "Sweet Road." I've rarely heard such a simple percussive statement be used as a hook so well.

The only faultering (long) moment on the album was Visiting Friends, unless you're patient.
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