For sure, and just off gut feeling, MPP seemed to be a very balanced album vocal wise. As was Sung Tongs since it was just Avey and Panda on that one. I'd have to go look at the tracklist for Strawberry Jam and Feels again to give a good opinion on those for the vocal breakdown.
To be honest though, I've never really gotten into much of the pre-Sung Tong stuff. I just never really dedicated enough time to HCTI/Spirit/Danse to really appreciate them. There are some songs on those albums I definitely enjoy, but they just don't do it for me like Sung Tongs and after does. I know I know, all the "true" AnCo fans will stone me for that!
I've been meaning to revisit AnCo's early works for a while, maybe I'll get around to it soon. So I ask, which should I start with again, HCTI, Spirit, or Danse?
Post by bansheebeat on May 29, 2013 21:24:31 GMT -5
Most people would say Spirit/Danse, once you get passed the production quality and stuff those are easily some of their most "pop" oriented albums. Right on par with MPP I think. I personally prefer Danse as a whole, while Spirit has more standout songs (Chocolate Girl is one of my all time fav AnCo songs).
But I would personally suggest HCTI. It's one of my top 3 favorite albums of theirs. It's definitely one of the hardest to get into, but the atmosphere it creates is amazing. So dark and creepy, but it still has that characteristic AnCo catchiness to it, just in a very weird way. The first time I heard the album I was driving through the mountains at like 2 in the morning, it was really surreal.
So out of the entire RAM album just released by Daft Punk, "Doin' It Right" has to be my favorite. It's simple but just so damn catchy. I'm not a big AC fan, but supposedly the singer is a guest on the track. You think they might throw this into their setlist?
Would be really cool...
If this happened, this would be the highlight of Roo for me next to Sir Paul
Do you guys think they'll actually play their full set time? I've seen them four times (3 headlining shows) and I don't remember them ever playing more than like an hour and a half. Just curious. Hoping I can catch some pretty lights if he goes late when ac is done.
I know the odds are we only get a ~2 hour set, but a part of me is really hoping they make this a special show and play an extended set with some rarities thrown in. I'll be happy with just the standard AnCo performance, but a boy can dream, can't he?
Post by elektrikcandy on May 30, 2013 21:28:59 GMT -5
Animal Collective is my second favorite band (behind Radiohead) and I cannot wait for this show. Easily in my top 5. My studio album ranking would be STGSTV>Feels=SJ>Sung Tongs>MPP>CHZ>>>Danse=Campfire Songs>>>>>>>>>>>>>HCTI>ODDSAC
Post by elektrikcandy on May 31, 2013 9:50:04 GMT -5
Well since you asked haha. I have seen the film several times and overall it just doesn't work. Yes some of the songs from it are awesome, but compared to the rest of their work it doesn't hold up. The visuals are AMAZING at times, but become very self-indulgent. That is not a term I would use often with AnCo. The entirety of the film is just a sensory overload that never lets you enjoy any of the scenes no matter how well they work/beautiful they are. The Surrealist and Absurdist themes throughout are great at times especially when they are matched with the earthy visuals. The water shots were cool, but once again you don't get to enjoy them long enough to really appreciate them. The music during the live actions seemed almost soundtrack like, but saving that was the cool psychedelic transfers that had the best music in the movie. It matched so perfectly with the visuals they used. Even having the tone change with changes in color on the screen. The last scene was very boring. It was such a dark/brooding way to end the film and both visually and sonically it was quite dull. I would only give it a 4/10 honestly. The tracks and scenes that I loved just aren't enough to balance out all the many weaknesses that it has.
I mean it's a "visual album"... they made that so it would all be taken as one package.
Okay...but you can still put the songs on your iPod. Or burn it to a CD and listen in your car, or watever. I don't think they would be offended by you doing that. The songs are good on their own. It isn't against the rules to listen without watching.
Post by elektrikcandy on May 31, 2013 14:41:50 GMT -5
You asked me why ODDSAC was so low and I was just explaining lel. I took the album as it was originally meant to be viewed and gave my OPINION as an AnCo fan/music theory major. That's awesome you enjoy the songs alone though, it had some decent tracks.