Animal Collective: Campfire Songs

~ Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Originally released in 2003, this has had a timely re-issue for the band who are riding high with a plethora of rave reviews and music critics falling over themselves to lavish them with praise.

Recorded in one take outside on a porch using mini discs, the album has an obvious lo-fi vibe to it. Opener Queen In My Pictures has an hypnotic feel, but the inaudible vocals and lack of any coherent melody are in no way endearing. In fact the same can be said for the other 4 tracks contained on here. I'm sure it will appeal to the hardcore fan. It may even lure in the curious as a window into the past of the band, but spending your pennies on 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion album will be a far more rewarding experience.

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