Down There

Avey Tare - Down There
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2010 Ratings: #284 / 855
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2010 Ratings: #125
October 26, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

In fact, it wouldn't be unreasonable to say that this record could have BEEN the new AC record, flowing as seamlessly from the Merriweather Post Pavillion think-tank as it does.

79
Pitchfork

Down There is less accessible than latter-day Animal Collective and harder to wrap your head around, but it isn't a callback to the more difficult sound that marked the band early on.

70
musicOMH

It may be a bit too "out-there" for your casual music listener, but those who already know what to expect can take great delight from this dark offering, whilst whetting the appetite for more in the future.

70
PopMatters

Musically and thematically, Down There is a remarkably cohesive album, but it is does falter briefly in consistency.

TheBravesDH
72
The opener, a grueling journey through divorce, is the clear standout. Heather in the Hospital, a heart-wrenching portrait of a family coming to terms with the loss of their grandmother,. is notable as well. If you haven't guessed, this isn't a feel good album. It isn't the most inaccessible AnCo release, but it's quite a turn from where Avey's music had been going at the point of its release.
Plats
83
“Down There” has plenty of pretty, psychedelic sounds and Avey Tare’s personal lyrics to boot. He tackles subjects such as divorce and loss in such a heartbreaking and well-written way that it makes up for the fact that this doesn't have much in the way of difference to make it standout from Animal Collective's discography.

Fav Tracks: Laughing Hieroglyphic, Lucky 1, Heather In The Hospital, Cemetaries, Oliver Twist, 3 Umbrellas

Least Fav Track: Heads ... read more
CheapandLethal
75
Decent
Tom Simmons
79
Fav Tracks: Cemeteries, Lucky 1, Heather In The Hospital, Ghost of Books

Least Fav: 3 Umbrellas
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Track List

  1. Laughing Hieroglyphic 
  2. 3 Umbrellas
  3. Oliver Twist 
  4. Glass Bottom Boat
  5. Ghost of Books 
  6. Cemeteries 
  7. Heads Hammock 
  8. Heather in the Hospital 
  9. Lucky 1

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