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Sung Tongs
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on January 9, 2012
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 May 21, 2015
Ranks pretty high up there in the AC catalog.
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on March 21, 2013
Love AnCo then get this beautiful record. You can't go wrong with this soothing sound. Can only be played on a good quality record player
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on June 19, 2015
Record skips in multiple spots, especially bad on kids on holiday. Disappointed in amazon, seems many others have had this issue and they have done nothing to rectify it. Other than that great record sounds amazing on vinyl
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on January 10, 2015
This preowned copy of animal collective's psych folk masterpiece was delivered ahead of schedule and it looked and played like it was brand new.
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on September 11, 2015
Yup
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on August 17, 2004
This band continues to grow and stretch out with their music. Although a bit sparse at times, this album is extremely musical and containing some very surprising development of tones and themes. I recommend this album for the music lover.
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If Mum or Sigur Ros got invaded by a bunch of acid-tripping folkies, then the result might be something like "Sung Tongs," another unspeakably mad album by the Animal Collective. This bizarre little band continues to push the limits of traditional songcraft and melodies, and leave you feeling mildly nostalgic. Maybe a little dizzy too.

It opens with a spinning, screechy noise -- which would seem to indicate hard-rock to follow. Wrong. Instead, a mellow folky melody and murmuring vocals, which suddenly build and multiply into a chorus of creepy voices. "Leaf House" undulates through a fragmented melody, full of distorted vocals and flowery acid folk.

If that hasn't knocked you off your chair, then the following songs might. "Who Could Win A Rabbit" sounds like your basic country-folk song on mushrooms, and following it is an arc of colourful songs: gossamer-thin guitar ballads, sketchy little experimental songs, hallucinatory folk, spare guitar pop, and.... well, just about everything else.

"Sung Tongs" isn't an easy album to get into -- it's all about the atmosphere, rather than something you can get up and dance to. Granted, a few of the tracks are quite catchy, but in the end it's all about the dark, colourful, disturbing and somehow soothing feeling that the music leaves you with.

It also has some remnants of "Here Comes the Indian," with "We Tigers" turning into a tribal beat-and-chant affair. But most of the time, the Collective tries out other stuff, like paring down the music to just guitar, vocals and spoons. Other times it's a massive, intoxicating swirl of rippling guitar and bass, bands of eerie synth, rattling noises, and the occasional sample. What IS that bubbling sludgey noise?

The Collective also sounds more comfortable here, with chipper vocals and lots of handclaps. You can't make out much of the lyrics, but they're more about being part of the lyrics than about being lyrics -- "Good day outside/Tribe of life and mine and yours/You're so good and natural/Arms appeal/Cause your so/close." Well, whatever.

"Sung Tongs" featured the Animal Collective expanding their already-strange sound even further, until nobody could hope to catch up to the strangeness. Definitely worth hearing.
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on February 25, 2016
This a close favorite AnCo album right next to MPP. This one is just so much fun. Every time I put it on, it brings a smile to my face. The vinyl was perfect. I love to throw this album on and forget about all my cares for a bit. Pick it up if you are thinking about it!
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on July 30, 2016
Dreamy like, not disimilar to Smmile era Beach Boyz but a lil more acid-drenched. File under Nu Stoner grooves, alongside yer favorite Beachwood Sparks album or Tame Impala
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