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Avey Tare


Second solo album of experimental rock from Animal Collective member David Portner recorded by bandmate Joshua Dibb

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  1. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s undoubtedly Avey’s best solo work to date, and another welcome reminder of Animal Collective’s ability to rejuvenate, surprise and delight
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    An album less about bombast and more about blissed-out vignettes and vistas suitable for any time of day
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    A carefully constructed illusion of random perceptions, an apparently scattered psyche coming together beautifully. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Avey Tare’s stream of vanishing sounds, creaking floorboards, and silently intonated lullabies is romantic in its faded resemblance to our radiant, ever-growing environment
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Reminds you of what made Tare and his bandmates such a thrillingly different prospect in the first place
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  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    Eucalyptus, though adventurous, is down to earth and focused. It’s by far the most spiritual Avey Tare has ever sounded
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  7. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Ambitious and inspiring
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  8. 7.0 |   The Music

    Eucalyptus summons the wide-eyed wonder of the band's breakthrough, Merriweather Post Pavilion
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  9. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It's clear that Avey Tare is not going for coherency, as he's brought together a sonic smorgasbord of home tapings, demos and found sounds, and pieces them together in a way that’s beguiling and confusing in equal measure
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  10. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Eucalyptus is the work of an artist in control of his creative forces, able to bring to light the most sensitive and natural feelings and emotions a person can experience
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  11. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    If a slowly moving, patient, and weird Avey Tare record sounds appealing, it almost assuredly will be; for the masses, however, some sections may register as too playfully weird
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  12. 6.0 |   DIY

    A dense and challenging listen
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  13. 6.0 |   Mojo

    These immersive 63 minutes mostly ripple with hallucinatory effect, overdubs virtually free of beats. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Audacious, cryptic and meandering, Eucalyptus is both brilliant and infuriating, thanks mainly to the Animal Collective man’s refusal to ditch the half-formed workouts that litter this LP
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  15. 6.0 |   All Music

    Goes by like a long drive through the plains, rewarding the patient and attentive
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  16. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    While Eucalyptus is undoubtedly intriguing, it’s only occasionally enjoyable as music
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  17. 5.0 |   Uncut

    A disjointed, jarring mix of washy atmospherics, bleary electronics and half-baked songs. Print edition only

  18. 5.0 |   Earbuddy

    For fans only, and even then...
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  19. 4.0 |   The Independent

    His hit ratio is pretty poor
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  20. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There are commendable moments on the second solo album from Animal Collective’s principle songwriter, but they are so infrequent as to resemble needles within a dense haystack of meandering claptrap
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