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On Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles seventh studio album, themes of impermanence run deep, both lyrically and sonically. The quintet s hybrid folk sound continues its evolution pushing the band further into the grey area between genres that defies pigeonholing.

From their beginnings on the Midwestern festival circuit, they have reached new heights with each album. Wild Animals is the sound of a band at the peak of their potential, strengthened from a decade together, winning some and losing some, but growing none-the-less. The album captures the intense nature that goes with being alive, melding the universal and the personal.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Banjodad Records
  • ASIN: B00JZTPWG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I'm going to start off plain and simple, I really enjoy this album. It should be noted too, that my enjoyment occurred immediately upon first listen, it did not take multiple listens to appreciate.

This satisfaction came as a very nice surprise, as there have been a few reviews floating around the web, and various magazines, about dissatisfaction or disappointment with this new release from Trampled By Turtles. Therefore i picked it up, on a gamble, and listed with zero expectation apart from musical interest and curiosity.

My assumption, coming from what I've read in the way of negative comments and reviews, is that the biggest grip people seem to be having is the speed of the songs and apparent lack of complex instrumental arrangements. Its true that over the past few years Trampled By Turtles have gained quite a name for themselves in part due to their ferocious speed and accuracy on Bluegrass instruments, but that is hardly where the appeal starts and stops.

There is simply more to these guys than speed. They represent a genuine raw, earthy, folksy style and tone. A style that over the past two or three years has gained noted popularity with various folk slash pop-folk bands that have been seemingly spreading across the music landscape like a wildfire, and not always to favorable results. Trampled By Turtles are more in the category with Old Crow Medicine Show, not necessarily in terms of music style, Old Crow leans a bit more toward dixieland territory at times, no they are similar in how they seem to focus less on hits and popularity, and more on representing an Americana Past that placed an emphasis on songwriting and mood.

This album is a mood piece, it has a real feel to it. A very laid back, weather worn, rustic feel to it.
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Trampled by Turtles seem to have taken some pointers from the Fleet Foxes, and experimented with some more polish in the mixing studio by adding some cathedral-esque reverb to their (as usual) gorgeous harmonies.

This is an album that will be a tad bit polarizing to some long time listeners. Some will cry out "I want my old Trampled by Turtles back! What is this new trash?! Why all this reverb and hazy ambient noise over the folksy bluegrassy music I know and love?!"

This is a valid complaint, and one that's very noticeable on the first (and eponymous) track of the album, "Wild Animals". The album opens with dreamy and wailing harmonies that we've come to know and love from Trampled by Turtles, but with a noticeable reverb effect that sadly, at times, makes the track dissipate into a monotonous haze that feels very unfamiliar and disheartening for the long-time TBT fan.

Luckily, the title track seems to be the worst offender of the "band-getting-too-overproduced-in-the-studio" crime. Despite tracks like "Hollow" and "Ghosts" being significantly slower than some of the other tracks that put TBT on the map, these tracks (like many on the album) are growers that, after a few listens, will win over your heart and join the ranks of "Midnight on the Interstate" or "Alone" from their previous album, Stars and Satellites.

Those who weep for the loss of the breakneck speeds of Trampled by Turtles's previous efforts need not despair, however! Songs like "Western World" and "Come Back Home" especially retain the ridiculous speed and ferocity of their previous efforts. "Come Back Home" is particularly impressive as a two-minute and forty-one-second tour de force.
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The times, they are a changing. TBT has slowed down. A lot. A group that has sounded as if it could ignite wood shavings by the speed of their strumming has released a recording that can only be described as mellow. Not all the songs. There are several that maintain the high velocity overdrive TBT is famous for. But most of the music is low keyed, thoughtful, and almost restful. Restful? That's not exactly a name associated with this group but, like I said at the beginning, changes are taking place.

I love their new sound and find it meshes well with so much of the feeling I have been getting lately in the music I hear. Perhaps it is just my own aging that is picking what I surround myself with or maybe I simply need a refuge from all the garbage that society is downing in today. Whatever, Wild Animals does NOT live up to its name and that is fine with me.
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The evolution continues. Palomino put them on the map then Stars and Satellites continued that growth immensely. Now Wild Animals comes and I notice many things. For one their harmonies really have come out on this record. My fav parts of S&S was the vocal harmony parts. It's a true gift for them as a band that they should use as much as possible. I also notice the lyrics have a increased depth to them throughout the record. This is a pleasant surprise. Lastly their signature sound of banjo, bass,fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar shines. This has been who they have always been and shouldn't change album to album even though they find new techniques to incorporate with this sound. I have noticed for one groups like Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers as they have more "commercial success" have completely forgot where they came from musically. Which is why I still listen to Trampled By Turtles religiously and not the other bands mentioned.
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