Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Album Review: Panda Bear - Tomboy

Now the hype for this album was huge, I didn't really care though cause I'm not the biggest Panda Bear fan and definitely no Animal Collective fan. I decided to hold back on this album till after release to avoid getting a shitty stream rip of the album to avoid saying "this would be cool but the production suxxxx!!!" thankfully I got it in 320(bro).

Now the album for me starts a little zzzzzzzzzzzzz the electronics are nice and all but its hardly inspiring stuff to avoid the pre album hype from being completely wrong. thankfully by track 3 with Slow Motion the album starts to take shape with the hip hop background beat being quite prominent. The electronics sounding great, with the vocals accompanying it superb, maybe things were looking up? the short answer to this was yes, yes it was.

The albums after this is pretty great throughout and makes the train ride while listening to this a lot more interesting. Surfer Hymn was next and you definitely got a surfer rock feel in the vocals, with the vocals including what seems to be waves crashing as well as some other interesting nuances in the electronics section.

This album definitely has a lot and I mean a lot of cool electronic noises that make the atmosphere of this album incredible, the vocals help back this up perfectly, setting up a really strong release though not the the Person Pitch standard. If anything my only gripes are the first couple of tracks and a slight amount dragging of the album near the end, other than that I was very surprised at how good this was. One not to be disappointed about, a strong release and at least most of the pre album hype seems vindicated.

Overall Rating 7.5-8/10

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