Enter the Slasher House

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Enter the Slasher House
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2014 Ratings: #521 / 845
User Score
Based on 75 ratings
2014 Ratings: #307
April 8, 2014 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

Enter The Slasher House is stylish, daring and captivating; spooky, but not scary.

80
DIY

This delight of an album might bend and warp reality, but it’s also a rare gem because underneath all of its trickery it still projects back a reflection of something completely grounded.

79
Paste

If you’re a fan of Animal Collective and previous Avey Tare efforts, then you’ll surely embrace the unconventionalities on display, but moonlighting fans will probably enjoy the initial quirks and write the rest off for future listens.

75
The 405

The eeriness only really emerges after a few listens, and the same could be said for the contributions of Angel and Jeremy, but it would be a shame if people just viewed this as an Animal Collective side project, as there is plenty to investigate here.

73
Pitchfork

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks effectively resemble Animal Collective in stripped-down, garage-band, power-trio formation. They're not quite as densely textured and sonically adventurous, but more than capable of generating the same sense of euphoric abandon

70
AllMusic

It's overflowing with excitement, optimism, and overwhelming beauty that distract you just enough to disregard the sounds of rustling footsteps behind you growing closer.

70
NME

Written high on fever and recorded with Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian on guitars and Ponytail’s Jeremy Hyman on drums, this bunch of bawdy tunes screams escapism more than it does self-exploration.

70
Spin

Despite both band and album name, Slasher Flicks' sound is less haunted house than funhouse: dense, noisy, with squiggles of analog synth that recall AnCo's Centipede Hz.

70
Exclaim!

While not as rewarding on multiple listens as anything the Collective has ever produced, Enter the Slasher House is the ideal detour between now and the band's next record.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

The campy Scooby Doo spookiness that inspires Slasher Flicks’ aesthetic is so charming and irresistible that Enter the Slasher House regularly succeeds despite its faults. 

60
musicOMH

A largely entertaining but occasionally baffling listen, Enter The Slasher House sadly falls just short of Animal Collective’s best work and Panda Bear’s stunning solo projects.

60
Drowned in Sound

No matter the outcome, Animal Collective-related projects are rarely uninteresting. And even though it covers ground Portner has already explored, Enter The Slasher House is no exception. Nonetheless, there’s no getting away from the fact that there’s stagnation here. 

60
PopMatters

Enter the Slasher House suffers the same problem as Centipede Hz. Each song is fried in a large vat of production grease and because everything is in such excess, it’s an exhausting listen to get to the end.

58
Consequence of Sound

And then there are the scattered, twisted samples meant to indulge the horror intentions, but rarely entirely integrated into the music. While the album is undoubtedly fun and includes a few absolute gems, this mismatch makes Slasher House a middling success.

40
The Skinny

There’s simply too much going on for the album to be digestible – the vocals too affected, the drumming too intense, the keyboards swallowed by effects.

TheBravesDH
66
I think Little Fang as the lead single misguided some expectations here. Thought I was going to be getting poppier, horror-themed tracks. I did not. They're pretty straightforward in structure. In true AnCo fashion, he adds quirks to make the tracks weird. Unfortunately, not really pulling it off. They aren't as interesting as you'd normally expect from him and they take away from it being an enjoyable experience for the most part.
Plats
61
Avey Tare’s melodies are always great and they translate well here. But the effects wash out the otherwise decent instrumentation and it can get drab at certain points.

Fav Tracks: Little Fang, A Sender, Strange Colores, Catchy (Was Contagious), Duplex Trip

Least Fav Tracks: Modern Days E, The Outlaw

Score:
6.1
Fine
EMR
52
Animal Collective's Avey Tare hasn't always been a model of eloquence, and his main band's early releases (arguably even the most recent ones) show that very clearly. The loud, off-kilter, often weird vocal work of the artist has, more than once cast away many of possible new-comers for the band, even though he is one of the main creative minds behind the beloved project, standing side by side with Panda Bear, to the point where his artistic persona reached a level of inflation that he seems to ... read more
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Track List

  1. A Sender
  2. Duplex Trip
  3. Blind Babe
  4. Little Fang
  5. Catchy (Was Contagious)
  6. That It Won't Grow
  7. The Outlaw
  8. Roses on the Window
  9. Modern Days E
  10. Strange Colores
  11. Your Card
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Added on: February 10, 2014