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Not Animal

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Margot & the Nuclear So and So's are an 8-piece circle of young friends from Indiana who, in the spring of 2005, quietly released one of the most beloved indescribable records in recent memory, The Dust of Retreat. The band has clocked more than 100,000 miles on the road, playing sold out shows in NY, Chicago, and Indianapolis. The band was signed to Epic Records in October 2007, and wrote and recorded their major label debut with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine). From that recording session was born two separate releases, Animal and Not Animal.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B001EDOC56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2008
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The story of the second Margot and the Nuclear So-and-Sos album is a pretty unpleasant one -- as rumour says, the label didn't like the band's sophomore album "Animal!", leading to some conflict with the band.

The compromise: "Not Animal," a more label-friendly album, released alongside a vinyl-only release of the original "Animal." (They have some of the same songs, though)

Don't worry, though. "No Animal" is not a radio-friendly pop confection, nor is it a trend-hopping MTV-esque album styled for mass consumption. It may not be the album that Margot And the Nuclear So-and-Sos wanted to put out, but its vividly blurry music and mournfully warped pop sensibilities are gloriously intact -- and listening to it is a little like taking an acid-fueled weekend in a beach house to nurse your wounds.

It opens with a blurry, stormy synth-folker, with Richard Edwards mournfully singing of"I don't know you/and I don't owe you a thing/you smile so hard it hurts/just when things get worse" and of children going nuts in "such uncertain times." It's followed by the shimmering, lyrically fragmented "German Motor Car," and the mellow guitar ballad "Broad Ripple Is Burning."

After that the band sinks into darker, stranger territory -- and oh, does it get strange and dark -- and their songs reflect this accordingly. Growly blues songs strung with violin, delicate chamberpop tunes, soaring ballads filled with tolling bells, tinkly buzzing indiepop, countryish ballads exploding into carnival stateliness, squealing roiling masses of chaotic rock'n'roll, and a rollicking synth-edged rocker. The finale is a seemingly simple acoustic melody that mutates to epic expanses ("Oh darlin' stop crying/and start smiling..."). And crazy laughter.
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Found this group from a Pandora radio. Captivating and intense, fresh and layered, the sound is hard to compare to other bands. Best I can offer is to listen to the samples on YouTube. "Broadripple is Burning" is intense, and the layering is so subtle you won't realize how the number of instruments playing by the end got there.
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I like it, but I have to say, when my son says, "Mom, why do you have a song called Hello Vagina," it did cause me pause. It definitely is a dude band who likes to sing about things on dudes' minds.
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It's melancholy and mellow and unrequited. It's probably good for right before or after a bender. A hundred plays and I'll listen to a hundred more.
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i love this band! and i love that the cd got to me so quickly:)
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By Rosie Rose on January 20, 2016
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Great buy, my friend loved it! Came quick, within 2-3 days.
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