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Sunbathing Animal
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #141 / 828
Year End Rank: #30
User Score
Based on 196 ratings
2014 Ratings: #110
June 3, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
What's Your Rupture? / Mom + Pop / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
Pitchfork

Sunbathing Animal's considered, whip-smart rock revivalism is a work of substantial growth from a band that already did "simple" quite well, placing Parquet Courts in their own distinct weight class.

85
The Line of Best Fit

While it might not be world’s away from its predecessors or as brain-shudderingly immediate, Sunbathing Animal - with its musical acuity, crisp production and stirrings of emotional depth - is a superior follow-up that improves with every listen. 

83
A.V. Club

Sunbathing Animal doesn’t see the band fully give itself to a new identity, but it proves Parquet Courts will avoid being typecast by never attempting to follow any course other than its own.

80
The 405

It is blissfully upfront and honest about the touchstones that it pays tribute to and, despite its apparent lack of originality, bubbles with the exhilarating, flailing spirit that can simply not be taught.

80
musicOMH

Sunbathing Animal proves that Parquet Courts have, in abundance, an ability to capture their influences and regurgitate them in their own way.

80
The Skinny

This is no huge departure from Parquet Courts, it makes for another brilliantly jarring experience nonetheless.

80
DIY

There’s nothing complex going on in any of these songs, but the guitar work sounds just as fiery and invigorated as ever, and their hooks are vibrant and incessantly catchy.

80
Under The Radar

It's cleaned up, more of the same but filled to the brim with charm. 

80
AllMusic

It is the work of bandmembers in total control of their sound, doing exactly what they should on a second album.

80
No Ripcord

It widens the scope of influences even further, becoming more refined and pointed as they begin to settle into a new pattern whilst playing some of those old tricks.

80
NME

'Sunbathing Animal' is not an immediate or cushy listen, but it is gripping; a considered and brutal reminder that Parquet Courts’ aren’t necessarily an accessible band. 

80
Spin

These performances never surrender to the anxiety of influence: All those comparisons are mere reference points for a loose aesthetic that values sustained chordal vamps above all else.

80
PopMatters

There’s too much spontaneity and instinctive play happening on Sunbathing Animal for Parquet Courts to simply be riffing off anyone else and not be going something of their own vision.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

It doesn’t provide the thrill-a-minute jolts of Light Up Gold, but Parquet Courts may yet become a garage punk band that millennials can call our own.

70
Drowned in Sound

Unlike its predecessor, this isn’t quite a thrilling record; its energy and invention, though, points to big things for Parquet Courts, especially if they can continue to adhere to such a ferocious work ethic.

70
Exclaim!

Though less adventurous than on earlier work, Parquet Courts still manage to deliver a unique record that builds on the foundations of the past.

70
Paste

Where punk or post-punk or slacker rock might have described them before, the band seems to embrace its most obvious comparison points on Sunbathing Animal: Lou Reed and Stephen Malkmus.

Jun 12, 2014
hippunk
84
A energetic but droopy-eyed indie rock album that gets most of its power as a whole from its clever pacing and sonic flexibility, and as a collection of stand alone songs from Andrew Savage's direct vocal deliveries nestling in to the chugging guitars and stampeding drums.
Above all, it wants to be thoughtful but not heady, and they certainly succeeded in making emotional declarations fun without laying on the cheese.
Dec 18, 2017
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
Sep 23, 2017
pouls
NR
Parquet Courts' Sunbathing Animal reads off just like your generic lazy day garage rock and indie rock album. Perfect for lazy summer days, in which you are stuck in your room, the sun is out, and you just want to have a good time with yourself. Aside from that, however, there aren't many good things about this album.
Oct 4, 2016
Felindie
70
Fav Tracks: Instant Disassembly, Duckin and Dodgin, Always Back in Town
Sep 4, 2015
SiberianBreaks
37
Parquet Courts follow up with a frustrating release that includes lazy songwriting and unsatisfying songs that don't justify their lengths. I would be really surprised if it took more than 5 minutes to make 'Always Back in Town.'

Favourite tracks: Bodies Made Of, Black and White
Track List
  1. Bodies
  2. Black and White
  3. Dear Ramona
  4. What Color Is Blood
  5. Vienna II
  6. Always Back in Town
  7. She's Rollin
  8. Sunbathing Animal
  9. Up All Night
  10. Instant Disassembly
  11. Duckin and Dodgin
  12. Raw Milk
  13. Into the Garden


Added on: April 1, 2014