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Campfire Songs

Animal Collective - Campfire Songs
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Based on 5 reviews
2003 Ratings: #112 / 280
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Based on 140 ratings
2003 Ratings: #114
March 1, 2003 / Release Date
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Gyro64
95
EDIT: I dont like AnCo headass, one of the best groups of all time now.

I don't really like Animal Collective so I have no clue how I got here yeah. Campfire Songs kinda breathtaking for me in a sense that everything about this album is so special and different from anything I've heard, and despite not being an AnCo fan they're the only ones who can pull this style better than anyone else.

Music has always been attempted to be recorded professionally (most of the time), mixed and planned by ... read more
knewnie
85
EDIT: the sheer beauty of these songs is growing on me even more. this is definitely a hidden gem in Anco's discography. it’s still not one of their most replayable albums when you’re comparing it to like MPP or Strawberry Jam, but honestly i feel this is a more cohesive and enjoyable full listen than StrawJam.

Original score: 72

you guys don't understand how happy i was to hear gentle rain and soft guitar playing as the album began. the openers for the past two albums, Spirit ... read more
TreyLikesBands
50
Okay

It's great in the moment of listening, but not memorable in the long run.

Color: Grey
FAV TRACKS: Queen in My Pictures, Doggy
LEAST FAV: n/a
RakkSmells
75
Overtime, I really started to appreciate the more stripped back and nature-heavy sound of this album, and it's definitely a well-deserved return to form after whatever Danse Manatee was. On Campfire Songs, Animal Collective leave their more experimental and noisy sound behind in exchange for a folkier sound, while still keeping the same typical AnCo traits you'd expect with their psychedelic sound and Avey's incredibly strange but captivating vocals. Seeing as the whole album was recorded in ... read more
ElectricMess
75
This album might be the prettiest that Animal Collective have ever sounded. It's strange to hear a band as noisy and chaotic as they are to sound so stripped back and mellow, but I think it works.

Favorite Tracks: Moo Rah Rah Rain, Doggy, Queen In My Pictures
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Track List

  1. Queen In My Pictures
  2. Doggy
  3. Two Corvettes
  4. Moo Rah Rah Rain
  5. De Soto De Son
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