Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Animal testing


THE revered experimental psychedelic indie act Animal Collective - the band behind one of 2009's most critically acclaimed albums, Merriweather Post Pavilion - re-release their 2003 album Campfire Songs next week.
Whoopee, right?
Well, not really.
I know I risk the wrath of many, many people with this, but Animal Collective's releases are, collectively, a load of rubbish.
Over the course of Campfire Songs' five tracks and 40-plus minutes, I counted two songs, at a push.
It sounds like, and for the most part is, a chord being played repeatedly on an acoustic guitar outside while some people moan and make inexplicable "jingjingjing" noises, and occasionally mumble some lyrics.
And anyone who disagrees with me should be forced to live in the woods with only a piece of flimsy canvas for shelter - they'd probably like it anyway.

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