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Tomboy [Import]

Panda BearAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, a.k.a. one-fourth of the founding members of Animal Collective, has had a far-from-quiet few years since the release of his fourth solo record, 2011’s Tomboy. Since the breakout success of 2007’s universally-adored Person Pitch, each new Panda Bear release is a highly anticipated event, and with a high-profile Daft Punk collaboration later, ... Read more in Amazon's Panda Bear Store

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indie Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B004USRLG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Asian edition includes one bonus track. 2011 solo album from Animal Collective member Noah Lennox (AKA Panda Bear). Recorded at his studio in Lisbon, and mixed by Pete Kember (Sonic Boom, Spacemen 3), Tomboy sees Panda Bear stepping away from the sample-based parameters of his previous record and incorporating more guitar and synthesizer. Still prevalent, though, is the interest in texture that made Person Pitch such a dense record; crashing waves and cheering crowds bounce against the gurgling arpeggios and give the tracks an immense sense of space. Soaked in reverb and punctuated with inflections of delay, the album's drums reveal a Dub influence which gives them a visceral punch that lingers after each hit. The record, massive in its span of emotion, genre, and sound, is the welcome return of one of the most prolific and consistent audio pioneers in recent memory

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 41/2stars April 15, 2011
By Robby
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With just one review so far, I think we should get the ball rolling on Tomboy...

This is a very sucessful album. As many reviews have mentioned, Tomboy is not necessarily a 'follow-up' album to Person Pitch. The sound is simpler in a way that is hard to describe. The melody, idea, hook, or whatever, behind each song is simpler but the mood of each song and the spacey atmospheric production makes simple sound BIG. Listen at high volume.

The sound: not exactly organic as some reviews would have one think. Imagine heavily processed guitar over a simple beat, with layer after layer of reverberating vocals. The obvious reference might be the infamous 'wall of sound' but I really don't have another record that sounds like this one.

Tomboy has an interesting history because of the rather odd way in which it was slowly secreted by its creator. Panda has toured these songs and released many in a rawer form as 7" singles. This has given the listener the odd choice of having a choice. The work of Sonic Boom on the LP version of these songs is certainly noticable. If one word has been used as jornalistic shorthand to describe the music of Panda Bear and his legions, it is "nostalgic". Sonic Boom knows this adjective; in fact, MGMT's Boom produced album Congratulations has beocme one of this reviewers go-to records due to this nostaligic touch that is heard in songs such as "I Found A Whistle" and "Siberian Breaks". He was an excellent choice to mix these songs for the LP. The synth line on Tomboy is one example of a welcome addition that his mixes have provided, as are the percussive additions to "Last Night at the Jetty" and "Slow Motion".

Surprises include the pulsing "Afterburner", the sole track that Panda is willing to stretch to any great length.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Person Pitch, Slightly Shifted April 23, 2011
By s.t.
Format:MP3 Music
Having considered myself a devotee of all things related to Animal Collective, I was thrilled to hear some advance tracks from Panda Bear's third solo album, "Person Pitch." The 12 minute "Bros" was (and is) simply stunning to me. Panda Bear's voice had long been the honeyed chaser to Avey Tare's more manic delivery in Animal Collective, but here that beautiful yearning coo was the main focus of the music, mixed with washes of hazy synths and drifting in a hypnotically repetitive epic that owed as much to minimalist techno as to Brian Wilson and hippie jam bands. Perhaps most impressively, the sound of "Bros" was a significant departure in sound from anything anyone from the Collective had done previously, including Panda's own solo work. Surely, this was a sign that the AC spirit was going strong, and promised many more releases showcasing their restless experimentalism and constant evolution of sound.

Alas, I was a bit disappointed with the proper release of Person Pitch. I belong to a minority of people who feel that PP would have been much more effective and impressive as an EP rather than as a full album. For me, "Take Pills," "Bros," "I'm Not," and "Good Girl/Carrots" sound fantastic on their own, and are brought down by the surrounding tracks. I realize that this is heresy to some, but I found myself overdosing on the syrupy sweetness of the album as a whole. I enjoyed certain tracks, but waited anxiously for the next AC-related release to offer some nice contrast to Panda's Wall of Pet Sounds experiment.

For the most part, AC's Strawberry Jam (released shortly after Person Pitch) did offer a new direction in sound (some a bit questionable to me, see review for details), although Panda's contributions were again sunny, Wilson-inspired numbers, somewhat reminiscent of PP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album from an incredible artist! November 29, 2013
By Jeff
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
It took me a while to warm up to this album, and now, I have no idea why. This album is amazing, nothing short of a brilliant follow-up to Person Pitch. With the limited ed. 4 LP set, there's even a bonus track included (The Preakness) not found on other pressings.

As mentioned in another review, the arrangement of tracks is somewhat different due to the bonus track, but for such a good cut, missing out on the infinite runout is a small price to pay for The Preakness.

Presentation here is great! Sturdy box with individual LP sleeves for each record and an art book.

The 3rd and 4th records are bonus discs that include single mixes, instrumentals, and acapellas. The acapellas are a bit misleading, in the sense that they don't have additional vocal tracks recorded to replace the instruments, they're more "vocal tracks only" versions. Still very interesting to hear given the talent of Mr. Noah Lennox.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album April 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Tomboy definitely isn't Person Pitch, and though I do prefer Person Pitch overall, Tomboy demands just as much respect. Tomboy is signature Panda Bear style in the way of the droning vocals, but here the "droning" aspect expands into the music as well. It is a definitely a peaceful album, almost to the point where it creates a floating feeling. All the tracks are worth listening to, but the standouts are "Last Night at the Jetty", "Slow Motion", "Scheherazade", and "Afterburner". Definitely check this one out. Now when's the next Animal Collective album coming out...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noah
Panda Bear,

Although Noahs project with Tomboy wasn't all what I expected, it was still good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valentin
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you like reverb?
Where Person Pitch is a purely digital deconstruction of the analog sounds that shaped modern American pop music (especially Brian Wilson/Beach Boys), Tomboy finds Panda Bear using... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Extraordinaire
I first became interested in PB and this release when I heard that Pete (Sonic Boom) Kember was producing it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by john doe
4.0 out of 5 stars TOMBY
Good album but nothing like Parsons. I guess I was so spoiled by the last one that I had really high hopes for this one.
Published 19 months ago by tom mcgovern
1.0 out of 5 stars the start is identical to finish
this album does not sound any different from its first chords to its last. not a single defining moment or remotely interesting diversion of tactic. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by paulpaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
Panda Bear's Tomboy was one of my favorite records of 2011, so I sold my single LP copy so I could buy this. Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by Matthew J. Gavin
3.0 out of 5 stars sleepy bubble bath music
I wish there was a middle ground between the style of Panda Bear and the style of Oneohtrix Point Never. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Jason Harrington
3.0 out of 5 stars One at a time
My listening experience with Panda Bear follows a very predictable pattern. I'm digging the sound during the first track I listen to (which may or may not be "You Can Count on... Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by Hbar
2.0 out of 5 stars Beach Boys meets Radiohead
title says it all...I like experimentism...I enjoy sonic sounds...just seems something is missing here...maybe a little more organic compostion and I would plus up my stars
Published on February 2, 2012 by agent IKE
4.0 out of 5 stars A wilderness of reverb. Melodically stunning.
A different animal that its seminal predecessor, an album I discovered soon after starting my Animal Collective fandom. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by Nicholas Foley
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