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Spirit They​’​re Gone, Spirit They​’​ve Vanished

by Animal Collective

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James Loves You
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James Loves You An experimental noise-pop masterpiece. I admittedly did not like it the first couple of times I listened to it, but now it's one of my favorite Animal Collective albums! Favorite track: Alvin Row.
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deadfromheaven album hit hard the first time i listened to it- especially the first track. this is a colorful, vivid, and slightly noisy trip. truly an experience. alvin row is also very emotional for me- it has made me cry. Favorite track: Alvin Row.
Charlie Moonbeam
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Charlie Moonbeam This release speaks to the essential core of Animal Collective's musical vision:

Psilocybin-induced psych-pop with the whole-hearted soul of a beautiful child. Favorite track: Chocolate Girl.
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solomonsomers Maybe the greatest combination of noise and pop music ever made. A really beautiful album front to back. Favorite track: Spirit They've Vanished.
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Untitled 02:58
La Rapet 07:52
Alvin Row 12:39


Chiming laments for a childhood's end, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished opens with the phrase "want to hear a secret, I know one", suggesting these secrets just might be buried deep within the flocks of high frequencies, electronic glitches, bleeps and swells that follow. The duo's approach is similar to Love's (circa Forever Changes), with Avey Tare's picked acoustic guitar flowing in perfect syncopation with Panda's tumbling drum kit. But the layers of tonal and atonal electronics that fatten the thinner pulse of the songwriter's vision make this album resemble something closer to modern electronic composition. The songs range from speedy patchwork pieces to slower piano melodies, a somehow coherent yet very fragile brand of psychedelic music - their grasp of pop hooks and dynamics being counterbalanced by a love of noise / friction and musical anarchy; their songs wavering on the tightrope between deeply affecting beauty and unrestrained chaos.

Whilst the band have gone on to rightfully become one of the most name-dropped and influential groups of the past decade, this debut effort reminds us of where they came from and remains a truly stunning and unique album.


released July 31, 2000

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