Animal Collective - Ark
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2003 Ratings: #57 / 290
User Score
Based on 228 ratings
2003 Ratings: #86
Liked by 6 people
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I find it hard to believe that a lot of people consider this to be Animal Collective's hardest album to get into. Like... Danse Manatee, ODDSAC, and Transverse Temporal Gyrus are all projects that exist. Compared to those albums, this is like a Taylor Swift album.

That being said, yeah this is weird as hell but I love it so so so so so much.
Okay, this album is essentially Danse Manatee if it was actually bearable to listen to and had some enjoy-ability factor.

I've seen this being labeled as one of the hardest to get into Animal Collective albums, and that's no lie. It's the weirdest and most experimental I've heard them yet, where as Danse Manatee was just random noises. Yeah, you can class this as just random noises too, but I feel like here they actually take those random noises and make it into actual music. On one hand ... read more
EDIT: once again, i've grown a wider and more intricate appreciation of music in general, and because of that i've come to appreciate what AnCo were doing here a lot more. it's easily their strangest, most experimental release in their entire discog. the droning folktronica sound is something they'd never really go on to reproduce or elaborate on in the same way they managed to do here. definitely an underrated and overlooked gem in their discography.

what the fuck is going on with this album. ... read more
Ambient AnCo before Tangerine Reef was conceived
It's not like this is objectively not good. That's not true. I think it's pretty subpar but obviously people listen to this because its user score is pretty high. The first couple tracks aren't bad at all but it's just kind of a why am i listening to this experience after those first 2 tracks. I should've expected this because noise is the first tag. And yknow, merzbow, -5/100.

Native Belle: 68/100 (Decent)
I am confusion

Hey Light: 64/100 (Decent)
stop screaming it's scaring me ... read more
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Track List

  1. Native Belle
  2. Hey Light
  3. Infant Dressing Table
  4. Panic
  5. Two Sails on a Sound
  6. Shppi
  7. Too Soon
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