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Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts

Sunbathing Animal

Third album from the Brooklyn garage rock / post-punk band led by Austin Brown and Andrew Savage (from Fergus and Geronimo)

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Rough Trade
UK Release date
02/06/2014
US Release date
03/06/2014
  1. 10.0 |   The FT

    Full of smartly realised moments of resignation; the tone sardonic, abrasive, arrogant and surreal
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  2. 9.0 |   The Music

    Laidback and relaxed but naturally capable of springing into action at the slightest provocation
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  3. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    Sunbathing Animal's considered, whip-smart rock revivalism is a work of substantial growth from a band that already did "simple" quite well, placing Parquet Courts in their own distinct weight class
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With its musical acuity, crisp production and stirrings of emotional depth - is a superior follow-up that improves with every listen
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  5. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    There are plenty of tracks that pick up where Light Up Gold left off, but Sunbathing Animals’ strengths are found in the balance between post-punk propulsions and slower, moodier experiments
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    A considered and brutal reminder that Parquet Courts’ aren’t necessarily an accessible band. Quite deliberately, they've made it a challenge to like
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    They've outgrown the Pavement comparisons – these songs make you wonder if you're hearing early Wire jam with Creedence while Thurston Moore brews the tea
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  8. 8.0 |   Spin

    If 2012's Light Up Gold delighted those seeking short buzzbomb formalism heavy on gnarly hooks, Andrew Savage and Austin Brown have unveiled a more expansive take on said buzzbomb formalism
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    An intoxicated, stylistically varied stretch of rigid drum beats, repeated riffs and odes to melancholy
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  10. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s a bit of stretch to call Parquet Courts the next trailblazers of off-center indie rock, but they sure got the rock n’ roll part down pat
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  11. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's cleaned up, more of the same but filled to the brim with charm. The improved production and mixing doesn't take away from the lackadaisical feel
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  12. 8.0 |   All Music

    Sunbathing Animal may not be the shock to the system that Light Up Gold was; it may not be quite the sensation. It is the work of bandmembers in total control of their sound, doing exactly what they should on a second album
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  13. 8.0 |   DIY

    Their knack for storytelling - which frontman Andrew Savage has always sported no matter what project he’s been involved in - has matured, providing extra strength to the slow jams this time around
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  14. 8.0 |   The List

    They’re far from a by-the-numbers revivalist band, and instead are the best example of a band making weird jams for the weird times they find themselves in
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  15. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s as if the band – who are as adverse to popularity as any of their contemporaries – have gotten used to the idea of people actually listening to their music
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  16. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Sunbathing Animal proves that Parquet Courts have, in abundance, an ability to capture their influences and regurgitate them in their own way
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  17. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    This is no huge departure from Parquet Courts, it makes for another brilliantly jarring experience nonetheless
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  18. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Sunbathing Animal is generally a more meandering album, less reliant on catchy hooks and slacker anthems
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  19. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    There’s no denying Parquet Courts have a knack for making what’s familiar and done feel like you want more of what you already had enough of
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  20. 8.0 |   The Independent

    They locate an effective nexus where grunge meets meets avant-rock in colourful pop livery
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  21. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    The key here is that Parquet Courts keeps the bar low, so again, they knock it mostly out of the park
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  22. 8.0 |   State

    The album never gives the idea there was a need to live up to anything, instead they’re content to still have their fun in their genre while they still can
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  23. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    They cement their already large reputation with a curveball, something most bands cannot do
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  24. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Parquet Courts sound like they’ve barely broken a sweat writing these tunes. That they can convey such complex ideas with such simple musical rudiments sets them apart from their contemporaries
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  25. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Subtly subversive third album. Print edition only

  26. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Though less adventurous than on earlier work, Parquet Courts still manage to deliver a unique record that builds on the foundations of the past
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  27. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The downside is it is an album that makes you feel regret and doom. Commendable, but not very enjoyable
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  28. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The same tricks and ticks are deployed: lyrics that veer across street poetry and post-modern perspectives, music that pinches poses from late-70s new wave
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  29. 7.0 |   Clash

    Between the caustic riffs and searing lyrics there’s some damned beauty in Parquet Courts
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  30. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Unlike its predecessor, this isn’t quite a thrilling record; its energy and invention, though, points to big things for Parquet Courts, especially if they can continue to adhere to such a ferocious work ethic
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  31. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While the guitar work is catchy and accessible, Andrew Savage’s deadpan is an acquired taste, and you’ll find these songs more annoying than enlightening if you don’t get off on his poetic style
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  32. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Sunbathing Animal presents a litany of marginalised characters scribbling in Moleskines (Dear Ramona) and struggling to cope with smalltown myopia (Black and White)
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  33. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Pretty much a companion piece to Light Up Gold, Sunbathing Animal continues laying the foundations for a more than decent band
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  34. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Juggling terse strums and blossoms of barbed wire guitar with poised deadpan narration. Print edition only

  35. 6.0 |   Q

    Two years on the road have dulled their desire to please. Print edition only

  36. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    I'm not saying it's wrong to listen to Parquet Courts, nor that they have necessarily failed in their mission, but be aware that this is a re-enactment pure and simple. It is a crystallised definition of "record collection rock"
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