Be He Me

Annuals - Be He Me
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2006 Ratings: #86 / 612
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Based on 6 ratings
October 17, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ace Fu / Label
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A.V. Club

Those interested in hearing the next generation of Sunny Day Real Estate-style yearners should try Annuals' debut album, Be He Me, which blends calming, hypnotic indie-rock with all-in basement-pop, creating something simultaneously uplifting and harsh.


Annuals have created an outstanding, if not essential, record for indie music fans. Between its rich, enveloping atmosphere and its ability to simultaneously get you tapping your feet, Be He Me really is an album that won’t fade from memory any time soon.


The debut album by this Raleigh, North Carolina collective sprawls with confidence, combining sunny layers of strings, classical piano, stomp-rock riffs, entrancing space noises, and triumphant shouts.


The bright-eyed display of Be He Me couldn't have been done any better, and that in itself is a welcome refresher when it comes to listening to indie rock today.

Rather than choose between the stacks of new, improved genres in rock’s supermarket, Annuals’ debut makes a trolley dash, grabbing cans of rock, boxes of pop and bags of hip-hop, careering through the tills with a packet of prog in their pants.
The Guardian
Annuals inhabit a world that is without doubt experimental, but mercifully, for those averse to bleeps and random guitar-plucking, still easily accessible.

Be He Me is a crowd, packed with hyperboloid songs that whorl and dimple, digressively executing competent-to-astonishing arrangements in a manner that would seem spazzy if they weren't so polished.

Coke Machine Glow
This is beautiful music wracked with conflict, and this is the stuff we should be holding onto for dear life, because this is exactly what our lives are actually like.
This album, to me, is a more involved, Americana version of Avey Tare and Panda Bear's Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished. It has that imagination, lack of boundaries, and musical innocence that can only be achieved by people who don't know the business yet. They are just young adults making music for the hell of it. I still can't believe Baker was only 20 when he wrote this. These kind of rare projects always leave an imprint.
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Track List

  1. Brother
  2. Dry Clothes
  3. Complete, or Completing
  4. Carry Around
  5. Chase You Off
  6. Bleary-Eyed
  7. Fair
  8. The Bull, and the Goat
  9. Mama
  10. Ida, My
  11. Father
  12. Sway 
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