Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished

Animal Collective - Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished
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Based on 5 reviews
2000 Ratings: #5 / 112
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Based on 523 ratings
2000 Ratings: #17
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August 25, 2000 / Release Date
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Easily my favourite out of Animal Collective albums I've listened to so far. I'd say that this certainly isn't an easy album to get into with this abrasive, less refined mixing, that makes it a clear indication of this being their debut album. However, despite not completely falling in love with album at the start, I get this youthful charm that made me love it when the album finished. My main issue I have with AnCo is that while I certainly respect the experimental routes that they take, it ... read more
I was legitimately debating turning this album off after the first few songs because I thought the noise aspects were just so sloppy. But I pushed through, and from Penny Dreadfuls on, this album is absolutely astonishing. Avey Tare's vocals sound fragile and soft, yet confident. And Panda Bear blows the production out of the water. 16 years ago when this released, there was nothing else similar to it, and today, even with numerous other AnCo projects, Spirit They're Gone, Spirity The've ... read more
Edit: eh i get it now

Edit:ok i like AnCo now i still don't get this album

There's still a chance i could like animal collective
But what in the fuck is this mixing
This first Animal Collective album, thought as a solo project by Avey Tare and released as a collaboration with Panda Bear (just drummer in this album) is almost entirely made of a sweet, cheerful and slightly sad psychedelic folk. Before becoming fluorescent animals, AnCo had to go through a very difficult album debut. "Spirit They've Vanished", the introduction track, is based on a gurgling electronic noise, repeated without variation over more than five minutes. The second track ... read more
+=songwriting, experimental soundscapes, unique perspective
-=mixing!!! Vocals mixed too low most of the tracks

Rating: 84/100(h*cking great)

Edit: It all makes sense now. I really love this now

Rating: 91/100(h*cking superb)

Edit: it keeps growing

Rating: 95/100(h*cking masterpiece)
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Track List

  1. Spirit They've Vanished
  2. April And The Phantom
  3. Untitled
  4. Penny Dreadfuls
  5. Chocolate Girl
  6. Everyone Whistling
  7. La Rapet
  8. Bat You'll Fly
  9. Someday I'll Grow To Be As Tall As The Giant
  10. Alvin Row
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