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Person Pitch [Panda Bear]
1. Comfy in Nautica
2. Take Pills
4. Im Not
5. Good Girl/Carrots
6. Search for Delicious
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 14
Panda; Rusty Santos; Panda Bear
Audio Mixers: Rusty "Saphire" Santos; Panda.
Recording information: Lisbon, Portugal; Lison.
On 2007's PERSONAL PITCH, Animal Collective's Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) ambles out on his own once again with an album that includes a number of tracks from his 2005-07 singles and EPs. Influenced in part by married bliss, new fatherhood, and a move to Lisbon, Portugal, this bright, buoyant album was recorded largely with samplers, creating a highly textured sound that cements Lennox's status as the Brian Wilson of the freak-folk set. (In fact, his vocal similarities to Wilson are remarkable, as evinced on the percussive opener "Comfy in Nautica.")
Anchoring the record are two extended tracks that each break the 12-minute mark--"Bros," a mesmerizing, echo-laden number that gives way to a toy-monkey-like beat and energetic acoustic-guitar strumming, and "Good Girls/Carrots," an electronics-oriented mini-suite. While Lennox's ambition here sometimes threatens to eclipse the proceedings, he lines the album with enough melodic twists and turns to keep things fascinating, resulting in a truly impressive collection that transcends its bedroom-recording origins.
Spin (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he constant flourishes enhance, rather than obscure, the disc's plentiful catchy bits, giving PERSON PITCH a resonant, off-kilter charm."
Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "The result, filtered through a playful, avant-garde sieve, is a lovely trippy kaleidoscope of sound." -- Grade: A-
Q (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Melding folk, electronica and pop like a spoon-bending mystic, Noah Lennox's third album as Panda Bear is an intriguing act of musical ESP."
Alternative Press (p.161) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "PERSON PITCH seems to be bathed in a holy aura and illuminated by a warm light that was last used by the Beach Boys during their late-'60s/early-'70s era of studio exploration."
The Wire (p.55) - "PERSON PITCH is as intensely invigorating an experience as Animal Collective at their best, evoking that childish state of half-terror, half-wonder as the world towers overhead."
The Wire (p.36) - Ranked #3 in The Wire's "Top Ten Records of the Year 2007" -- "Honeyed vocal harmonies were layered over warm instrumental loops, with covert sampled snippets ranging from Scott Walker to Kraftwerk."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "PERSON PITCH is hallmarked by Noah Lennox's yearning, ozone-rich vocal melodies which inevitably recall The Beach Boys..."
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