Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2014 Ratings: #172 / 845
Year End Rank: #30
User Score
Based on 228 ratings
2014 Ratings: #131
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.

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.
raymon
85
Simple but witty garage rock. Parquet Courts are the best of this kind of music at this point of time. The album flows smoothly with almost no bumps in the road. Dare I say that I feel Parquet Courts might be one of the most underrated bands right now.
ZIGMACHINE
89
Duckin and Dodgin 98
Bodies 98
What Color Is Blood 94
Black and White 94
She's Rollin 93
Sunbathing Animal 91
Raw Milk 91
Instant Disassembly 90
Up All Night 88
Dear Ramona 88
Always Back in Town 77
Vienna II 75
Into the Garden 74
EntryIncomplete
57
This sounds as if the band is playing at 20% power. I get that the intention here is to slow things down, showing a different, more chilled out side of Parquet Courts. I realize that, but it still a slog to get through. Maybe if some of the songs were shorter? I do really like the shorter tracks actually, like Black and White, Sunbathing Animal and Up All Night. But awfully repetitive tracks like She's Rolling completely kills my interest.
MiaWatterson
79
Once I get time, I'll do some decent reviews to PC's albums!
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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
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