Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
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Based on 10 reviews
2004 Ratings: #37 / 297
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Based on 332 ratings
2004 Ratings: #10
June 1, 2004 / Release Date
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Fat Cat Records / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound
The intricate layers of sound and percussion, each hum and click and yelp adding something to the other – the centre, invariably, holds. And yet, the excitement of experimentation and improvisation is never lost. Animal Collective are psychedelic warriors for our burned-out age.
89
Pitchfork

Unlike last year's impressive Here Comes the Indian, Sung Tongs opts for folky ambience and late-night, summer camp sing-alongs to carry the weight (or weightlessness) of its strains.

80
AllMusic

Sung Tongs is a striking record, a breath of fresh air within experimentalist indie rock.

80
PopMatters

Sung Tongs is an inch more sublime than anything they’ve done previously, with more phenomenal use of their manic choir of Motown vocals, less scattered, clique-ish dissonance, and more sideshow bubblegum-pop freaking out on god-knows-what powerful substance.

MarkCooper
90
This album is so applicable to any time of the year. It has the ability to be a winter, summer, spring, and fall album all at once. Animal Collective will always be the kings at making you smile from the childhood innocence and joy of some of their earlier work.
charlie17
89
Really well done, one of the most textured and psychedelic folk records I've ever heard. So many weird ass trippy experiments that go over extremely well. It is very minimal in it's instrumentation, but maximal in it's production. This contrast makes for some superbly unique songs. The last few tracks are a bit too out there, but other than that this album amazing.

Best tracks: Leaf house, who could win a rabbit(this song sounds spontaneous yet extremely meticulous), winters love, visiting ... read more
tynhe
88
Whaddit I Done is the worst track to be an ending really, it's quite horrible, unneccesary and just leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, it quite ruins the album for me. There's still some amazing songs though, and the atmosphere this album can bring is astonishing. Some great melodies here too.
Chubby_Dork
100
My favorite record of all time. Avey Tare and panda Bear use a mix of acoustic instruments and harmonizing vocals to outline the feeling of becoming an adult while still feeling like a kid.
EMR
86
Another great work from a great band. Animal Collective had already proved their songwriting skills and inventive production from past albums, but in Sung Tongs they showed excellency even at acoustic instrumentation and arrangements, leaning towards some folk/freak-folk territory with their early, usual abstract approach. Once more, what impresses the most is the collective's apparently effortless ability to craft weird, edgy, but also friendly and pleasant sounds, with their amazing vocal ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/Pitchfork

Track List

  1. Leaf House
  2. Who Could Win a Rabbit
  3. The Softest Voice
  4. Winters Love
  5. Kids on Holiday
  6. Sweet Road
  7. Visiting Friends
  8. College
  9. We Tigers
  10. Mouth Wooed Her
  11. Good Lovin Outside
  12. Whaddit I Done
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