Animal Collective - Ark
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2003 Ratings: #58 / 293
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Based on 272 ratings
2003 Ratings: #103
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Windy
63
๐—”๐—ป๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ'๐˜€ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†: ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ธ

This review may be a bit shorter than the others, mostly because I don’t really have much to say about this album. Ark is a strange moment in Animal Collective’s discography, and one that is mostly overlooked by listeners, often in favor of the albums succeeding it. If I’m being completely honest, every time I’ve come back to relisten, ... read more
Dombot
91
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.
RakkSmells
72
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
AtTehDriveThru
78
Ambient AnCo before Tangerine Reef was conceived
knewnie
70
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
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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

Year End Lists

#40/Pitchfork
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