Time Skiffs

Animal Collective - Time Skiffs
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2022 Ratings: #442 / 805
User Score
2022 Rank: #401
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

Time Skiffs mostly sticks to the otherworldly, spaced-out sound Animal Collective have been known for since 2003.

87
Paste

On their first studio album in six years, the legendary neo-psych group make peace with present-day anxieties while paying tribute to their past.

84
Pitchfork
After a prolific period of experimentation, Animal Collective return with an album that achieves a peaceful equilibrium between their immersive 3D soundscaping and innate melodic charms.
84
Northern Transmissions
What shines through is maturity and a settling soul at the heart of experimentalists.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Even as they recall their own past, the band continues to push their work into new, exciting places.
80
musicOMH

Time Skiffs is a vibrant album, suggesting Animal Collective have well and truly rekindled their collective fire – and because of that, the pleasure is all ours. Gather round and enjoy its heartening warmth.

80
The Arts Desk
As these second-childhood masters hit middle-age, elegiac reflection on their nation seeps into the wonder.
80
The Young Folks

Defined by a more mature approach to songwriting and a greater attention paid to structuring, Time Skiffs feels like the culmination of all the sounds and styles that Animal Collective has explored over the years.

80
Mojo

This infectious exuberance might blind you to the craft at play here, but while Time Skiffs sounds deeply, existentially scattered, every atom is in its rightful place.

80
Uncut
There’s a cohesive assuredness that radiates from this record that previous post-2010 ones have missed.
80
Clash
The iconic neo-psych group once again utilise the album as a cathartic process, fruitfully combining, and in-turn expelling their experience of day-to-day life into a captivating body of work.
80
NME

After a few wobbly releases (and one that was literally unlistenable), the beloved Baltimore band have found their footing again.

80
The Line of Best Fit
This eleventh record presents a kaleidoscopically feverish series of soundscapes structured with stream of consciousness lyrics, as could be linked to much of the four-piece’s back-catalogue.
80
Beats Per Minute
It’s a great American psychedelic record that retains an outsider perspective. And in that, a decade of ambitious exploration has finally paid off.
80
Under the Radar

Even within such historical constraints of tradition, the group manages to find new flavors to express, new combinations to offer. The collective’s preservation of our musical past continues to make time skiff and point the way to the future.

80
DIY
For some, this might be too tame. An album full of ‘Bluish’ rather than ‘Fireworks’. But for others, that means it’s the most accessible.
76
Spectrum Culture

While it doesn’t have the sort of dizzying impact of the group’s best work, Time Skiffs is the most approachable that Animal Collective have been in years, and those looking to jump in (or jump back in) will not be disappointed with what they find.

75
A.V. Club

It may lack the raucous experimentalism of past records, but the tiki lounge exotica vibe makes for a satisfying listen.

70
Gigwise

Unshowy, confident and comforting, Time Skiffs is a compellingly natural-sounding album made by a band hitting 20 years in their stride.

70
The Needle Drop
AnCo's first album as a quartet in nearly a decade is a mostly lovely return to form.
70
The Sydney Morning Herald

Time Skiffs feels like a quieter, more humble record than the inflated and turgid Painting With – and that is something to appreciate.

70
Sputnikmusic

Time Skiffs is a bit of an odd bird to write about. It’s an album with numerous fairly obvious defects, but also one that exudes a sort of mellow sunniness which ends up being quite addictive.

70
AllMusic

Time Skiffs qualifies as a "proper" album, reuniting all four members on an album for the first time since 2012's Centipede Hz and returning to as pop-friendly a sound as a band known for their unpredictability is capable of.

70
Slant Magazine

Animal Collective’s Time Skiffs is the work of a band who are leaning into the nostalgic observations that come with age.

70
Exclaim!

Returning to their signature twinkling arpeggiated synths on the bulk of the record's nine chunky tracks, the band hearken back to a pre-Merriweather AnCo era, serving up some of the most accessible and least jarring tunes from the full ensemble since 2009.

60
Record Collector
Arty Americans lose their way slightly.
60
PopMatters

Time Skiffs is a thorough personal reflection on where Animal Collective stand emotionally as a band that know all too well the life of perpetual travel and the experience of passing by.

60
No Ripcord

Time Skiffs could well be a concept album about diminishing returns. This increasingly arid well is the only source Animal Collective knows and every futile visit, every attempt to reimagine the highs of their technicolor hey-day, seems doomed.

60
The Observer

The US band’s 11th studio album is less awkward than recent outings but still too disjointed to be fully enjoyable.

60
The Guardian

Dialling down the psychedelic mayhem, the quartet’s reflective windchimes-and-bamboo album preaches lyrically to their loyal choir.

60
Rolling Stone

The psychedelic band’s latest is a good mix of avant and pop.

60
The Skinny

Following a six-year hiatus, Animal Collective's 11th studio album sounds like a band picking up where they left off, but unfortunately leaves you wanting more.

50
Loud and Quiet

For a band somewhat defined by their inconsistencies, stirrings of the same ingenuity that reckoned them a defining creative force of the fabled ’00s do rumble here like a sleepy volcano.

Windy
81

𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲'𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘆: 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗦𝗸𝗶𝗳𝗳𝘀

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Growing up has been a recurring theme in Animal Collective’s music. From Spirit on, the band has created a handful of songs discussing the exciting and frightening aspects of this inevitable process - it’s terrifying to have to leave the comforts of being a child, but at the same time ... read more

BradTasteMusic
78

The album is absolutely gorgeous and wildly explorative for the first handful of tracks before going off into a direction I don’t fully understand. It ends very strong, and starts off really strong. That being said there wasn’t anything here that I thought was terrible. It was a very fun listen with tons of creative sounds, and playful tunes. Made me feel happy

Dombot
92

HELL YES! HELL!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

God, they're back! Like, actually back! This is a return to form in the best way. Every band member is in peak form, with some of Avey's best vocal work to date as well as Panda's drumming making me feel like it's the Feels era all over again, not to mention Deakin's AMAZING vocals on the closer. Time Skiffs makes me feel like I'm in ninth grade again, rediscovering my favorite band for the first time. I really hope we don't have to wait six years for another ... read more

LilDickyFan444
77

Yep, AnCo still has it in them to drop a great album. Although some tracks are kinda just meh.

gy6v
90

Really fun LP

cardinal
87

怪奇基因以更加古灵精怪奇幻舒适的方向发展着,奇妙的效果器声音组合丝毫不觉得生僻怪异,而是在不破坏整体听感的情况下保持着拼贴式的零碎,在立体声场中自由环绕。

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Track List

1Dragon Slayer
3:56
84
2Car Keys
4:36
83
3Prester John
6:29
87
4Strung with Everything
6:56
85
5Walker
3:47
77
6Cherokee
7:50
80
7Passer - By
4:18
74
8We Go Back
3:23
73
9Royal and Desire
5:46
85
Total Length: 47 minutes
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Added on: September 11, 2021