Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
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Based on 10 reviews
2004 Ratings: #32 / 361
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Based on 430 ratings
2004 Ratings: #15
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.

TreyLikesBands
62
Decent

Reminds me of campfire songs (not the AnCo record). With its folky and psychedelic embellishments, 'Sung Tongs' is an oddball record in the Animal Collective catalog. It's in a weird grey area, really.

Color: Grey
FAV TRACKS: We Tigers, Who Could win a Rabbit, Winters Love
LEAST FAV: Whaddit I Done
Atrocityblubber
74
I underestimated this
musicmagpie55
76
The part where they just keep meowing and saying kitties is exceptional.
Plats
91
“Sung Tongs” is a stripped down effort that doesn’t feel compromised. It’s purely an AnCo record throughout with gorgeously textured production, outstanding acoustic instrumentation and great songwriting. Yes, the closer is pretty bad but everything else I found amazing.

Fav Tracks: Leaf House, Who Could Win A Rabbit, Winters Love, Visiting Friends, Kids On Holiday, Mouth Wooed Her, Sweet Road, The Softest Voice

Least Fav Track: Whaddit I Done

Score:
9.1
Outstanding
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
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#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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