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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Null Corporation
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Animal Collective
People
Fat Cat

Rating: 8.3/10 ?


February 15, 2007
For fans of Animal Collective - especially their most recent efforts, the studio album Feels and the live Hollinndagain - People could be viewed as a next-day, mish-mash of a menu, left out overnight uncovered. But, when it comes to Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist, is anything ever really that simple?

The first three tracks of this brief recording are original tunes that were taken from the same session as Feels, and the proximity is fairly obvious. The opening title track could have been taken from a drawn-out psychedelic jam that eventually fleshed out the Feels tune "Did You See The Words." Although the melodies and ideas of the two songs are removed from one another, they share a similiar feeling of reverbed, twinkling pianos; echoing drum shells; and large, energetic vocal choruses. Ultimately the tracks are both defined as repetitive and low energy pieces eventually building up to plateaus of punctuated, spastic but captured emotion (in "People" a haunting choir of banshees shouts "PEEEEOPLE!" amidst cymbal crashes).

Just like leftovers, the flavor of tracks on People is not quite as sharp as that of the original dish. Which is not to say that any of the four songs are sub-par, but rather that they were too loose to be included with the conceptually tight Feels, and rightfully so. Here, as part of an EP, the four songs are given the latitude to stand on their own and sink or swim accordingly, rather than being forced to fall in with a more democratic collection. In fact, when compared to the cuts of Feels, "Tikwid" is superior as far as vocal melody goes, and "My Favorite Colors" brings a broadening sense as a far-out, experimental needle skipper.

A faithful live version, just four seconds longer than the original, of "People" harkens to the essence of Hollinndagain and gives listeners a taste of something that requires tour dates to experience. Take it as mini-album or four separate tracks; either way People is business as usual for the growingly exceptional Animal Collective.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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