Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2007 Ratings: #49 / 715
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
2007 Rank: #12
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound
'Cuckoo Cuckoo' is another moment in which Animal Collective reach a new level of compositional mastery and broaden their territory.
100
No Ripcord

Strawberry Jam, 2007’s strongest album so far.

93
Pitchfork

The story of this record ... is the strength of Avey Tare's voice, and how his singing anchors these songs, invigorates the band's idiosyncratic melodies, and offers a clear portal into Animal Collective's utopian dreamworld.

90
Prefix

Rare is the album that's able to expand an established band's fan base while completely satisfying the cult of early flag planters, but Strawberry Jam has that chance.

83
A.V. Club
Animal Collective's abstract and catchy sides are each constantly aware of what the other is doing.
83
Coke Machine Glow

Strawberry Jam might be art, but more interestingly, Strawberry Jam might be pop. Okay, avant-pop.

80
Q Magazine

Strawberry Jam sounds as if it was a blast to make; happily, the fun doesn't stop there.

80
Uncut
But though much of the record revels in freaky electronics--'Chores' and 'Winter Wonder Land' rush through as though played by pixellated marching bands--thereโ€™s an overwhelming sadness to the undertow.
80
The Guardian
Animal Collective sound like the aural equivalent of a kaleidoscope, or of wandering through a bright, clamorous fairground where all ambient noise, colour and light bleeds into a glorious, dazzling whole. They are their own genre: ecstatic eccentric.
80
Alternative Press

The freakiest freak-folk is rarely as freakish as the more disorienting triumphs of Strawberry Jam, a neo-psychedelic mind-fuck from Animal Collective.

80
Sputnikmusic

Strawberry Jam is a record so varied and tough to pin down that it's hard to talk about the album as a whole, and easier to simply go for a track-by-track breakdown.

80
Under the Radar
The overall portrait is that of a fruitful collision of four like-minded, talented artists bursting with ideas, and smart enough not to take their own genius seriously.
80
NME
It's as idiosyncratic and tinged with goofiness as one might expect for a band with members called Panda Bear and Geologist.
80
AllMusic
It makes for an utterly compelling, even obsessive listen.
80
PopMatters
The album succeeds more than any of its predecessors because it always entertains and surprises.
80
musicOMH

Strawberry Jam doesn't promise to be something for everyone, but it will certainly please those with an ear for the strange and surreal--even if you will have to sleep with your light on.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes
The music tries to express what words can't, which makes this Animal Collectiveโ€™s most combustive, "live" record yet.
60
Rolling Stone

The sixth album by this neocommunalist, neopsychedelic quartet improves on 2005's Feels, flashing more shards of tune to lure the coeds with the Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Lanterns over to their adamantly unkempt campfire.

60
SPIN

The sweetness of Strawberry Jam is savvily balanced by the sour, or at least the edgy.

60
Mojo
An album of mischievous melody, fairground keyboards, cut'n'paste aural collage and an undeniable love of pop all but buried in junk shop Dadaist clatter.
60
The Observer

As its title implies, though, Strawberry Jam is strange: luxurious and fractious, wistful and atonal.

Windy
87

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It’s time to continue the Animal Collective discography dive! Honestly, I stopped at a bit of a weird place, right in the middle of their amazing 4-album run; Feels left off with a very soft, dreamy sound, and Strawberry Jam is here to completely subvert any expectations you had of the band. I’ve been loving where ... read more

RakkSmells
80

Took me a while to realize that's a squashed strawberry in the cover art and not a rare-cooked steak

scott96k
87

Peacebone is one hell of a jam (sorry)

LLillico
20

I love the sound palette but dislike the way it is used. It's highly rated so I suppose it's just not for me, I'd like to revisit it with a fresh perspective in a few years, but atm this is overstimulating and every track felt like it was trying to annoy me, the screaming was abrasive and unnatural, a really tough listen.

100

This is the perfect example of how amazing of a band Animal Collective is. This is their "Revolver" or their "Buhloone Mindstate." It's my favorite record from them and it's not even close. "Fireworks" is one of the best songs I've heard in my life.

LilDickyFan444
100

The quintessential AnCo album. Avey Tare screams a lot on this album, which is kind of appropriate for the way it sounds.

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Track List

1Peacebone
5:13
94
2Unsolved Mysteries
4:25
89
3Chores
4:30
88
4For Reverend Green
6:34
93
5Fireworks
6:50
96
6#1
4:32
85
7Winter Wonderland
2:44
88
8Cuckoo Cuckoo
5:42
89
9Derek
3:01
87
Total Length: 43 minutes
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