Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2004 Ratings: #37 / 286
User Score
Based on 237 ratings
2004 Ratings: #10
June 1, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Cat Records / Label
Rusty Santos / Producer / Website
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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.

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.


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


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.

Dec 22, 2017
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.
May 1, 2016*
Great album, but wha-wha-what th-wha-wha-e fu-wha-wha-ck wha-wha-was wi-wha-wha-th the ou-wha-wha-tro so-wha-wha-ng?
Feb 1, 2016
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.
Jun 19, 2014
Best Track: Leaf House, Who Could Win A Rabbit, Winters Love, Sweet Road, Visiting Friends, or Mouth Wooed Her
Worst Track: Whaddit I Done
Most Overrated Track: Kids On Holiday
Most Underrated Track: The Softest Voice
Sep 24, 2017
Finally after so many "experimental" albums with more less than stellar disappointing moments cluttering each, Animal Collective released an album that blends much of what they do well while retaining those more idiosyncratic moments to wet the appetite of those early years fans. This is the first album of theirs that I could listen to from beginning to end without having a headache or just being utterly in shock of how ridiculously pointless some of it was. There are still moments ... read more
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