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This review is from: Water Curses (Audio CD)
I digested three of Animal Collective's EPs all at once, (Peacebone, People & Water Curses) having grown not bored but tired with all of their albums. I was surprised to find that arguably some of their strongest material shows up on People and Water Curses. It seems logical to expect that tracks that fail to make it on the album are weaker than the rest, but they maintain incredible range and creativity in these extra songs.
Water Curses is nearly 20 minutes of sound effects and synthesizers that run the gambit of human emotion, from unbridled joy to nocturnal alienation and everything in between. Their strong suit has always been their incredible ear for melody and Water Curses has this in spades. Avey's singing accelerates, escalates, darts between playful and adamant and explodes forth only to slowly pull back like a low tide.
After I got over my initial habit of listening to Water Curses 12 times in a row and calling it a day (haha), I found that I actually prefer the whimsical circular conversation that takes place in Street Flash ("I'm so sorry I came in late this evening, but all the clocks around the town had died and all the fruit store's colors were so bright, with couples smiling, cooking things tonight. And what were all those troubles on my mind?"). Street Flash and the clicking metronome and eventual refrain of Cobwebs bursting forth like a Hallelujah choir are the strong points of this little collection.