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Gorilla Manor

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2009 Ratings: #169 / 851
User Score
Based on 141 ratings
2009 Ratings: #53
November 2, 2009 / Release Date
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Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Pitchfork

Gorilla Manor, the debut album from L.A.'s Local Natives, features rustic and yearning vocals, three-part harmonies, clattering percussion, wiggly guitar leads, euphoric chanting, and a Talking Heads cover. In short, the Silver Lake quintet have followed indie rock's major players in recent years-- they knew how to dress for success in 2010. Great for them-- now, what's in it for you? Plenty as it turns out.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Like that hot guy who works in the wood shop around the corner, Local Natives’ debut LP Gorilla Manor is most attractive at its messiest. Replete with sweet piano, duetting guitars, and insistent drumming, the California quintet paints a mostly pretty picture. But it’s when they veer away from pretty that things get adorably hairy.

80
A reminder that indie rock need not necessarily innovate in order to impress. "Gorilla Manor" colors within the lines of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and other contemporaries, but they use different colors and shades, opting for massive arrangements and dramatic, emotive performances. Local Natives succeed because they stick with sturdy and quality songwriting, well-crafted melodies, and memorable, charismatic deliveries -- in other words, they succeed because the songs are good, and ... read more
chessmess
90
Having listened to this on and off since 2013, I can say for sure, that this album is unique in every single aspect imaginable. The vocals, orchestration, lyrical content etc. It is all so refined and exciting.

What really gives the album its edge is the variety of the songs. There is no common theme throughout the songs, that you can just single out. Gorilla Manor touches upon so many subjects, and they do it in their own unique way.

Favorite song: Airplanes (Definitely on my top 3 favorite ... read more
WildChameleon
75
Poppy fleet foxes !
I play Only Son and Ragged Wood, the similarities are funny !
Felindie
80
Fav Tracks: Wide Eyes, Camera Talk, Sticky Thread, Who Knows Who Cares
100
The orchestration is outstanding, its fresh and new and exactly what the world needs. They've got killer harmonies and you'll catch yourself singing the words on a regular basis. Worth it
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Track List

  1. Wide Eyes
  2. Airplanes
  3. Sun Hands
  4. World News
  5. Shape Shifter
  6. Camera Talk
  7. Cards & Quarters
  8. Warning Sign
  9. Who Knows Who Cares
  10. Cubism Dream
  11. Stranger Things
  12. Sticky Thread
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