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Tangerine Reef

Animal Collective

Tangerine Reef

Eleventh studio album from the experimental pop collective, an audiovisual collaboration with art-science duo Coral Morphologic, and first release to not feature Panda Bear

ADM rating[?]

5.6

Label
Domino
UK Release date
17/08/2018
US Release date
17/08/2018
  1. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Baltimore's resident oddball experimental quartet Animal Collective add a new dimension to their sound - for a good cause - on Tangerine Reef
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  2. 8.0 |   NOW

    The 13-track album evokes what life underwater would probably feel like. It swims smoothly through an experimental stream, drowning listeners in an all-engulfing sensory experience
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  3. 7.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Feels like the long-lost bastard cousin of earlier Collective albums, such as Danse Manatee and Hollinndagain, although with a more refined and textural sheen in comparison to the lo-fi abrasiveness of the band's infancy
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  4. 7.0 |   All Music

    Fans of the band's more accessible material might be puzzled or put off by Tangerine Reef, but those partial to the formless drift of something like 2003's Campfire Songs will find threads of the same magic here
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  5. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Tangerine Reef is as experimental as they come for Animal Collective – epitomising the idea that music in this day and age is able to shift and evolve as much as the creators please
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  6. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Unlike Animal Collective’s more pop-oriented albums, which carry within them a strong, if occasionally flippant, utopian grain, Tangerine Reef feels saddled with existential weight, preemptively mourning a future vacant of the living color Coral Morphologic capture in stunning high-definition video
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  7. 6.2 |   Earbuddy

    Just when you thought Animal Collective's music was too fun...
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  8. 6.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Best appreciated with that visual accompaniment, which is like if an iTunes visualizer went on a diving expedition
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  9. 6.0 |   Clash

    This might not be as immediate and catchy as previous Animal Collective releases, possibly due to Panda Bear’s absence, but its one of their most transfixing and beguiling
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  10. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Has its moments, but it veers in and out of being truly engaging all on its own
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  11. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    For fans of Animal Collective's trippier inclinations, Tangerine Reef is a pleasant bit of oceanic escapism. For new listeners or anyone looking for the next "My Girls," this is decidedly inessential
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  12. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    I have no doubt that Tangerine Reef will be a remarkable experience when paired with its visual stimuli, but without it, it is an album hard to recommend
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  13. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Tangerine Reef is an ambient sort of thing that more closely resembles earlier Animal Collective releases like Danse Manatee or Water Curses
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  14. 5.0 |   The 405

    Yet another forgettable checkpoint within the band’s recent run
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  15. 4.2 |   A.V. Club

    It’s hard to imagine anyone diving into Tangerine Reef more than once
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  16. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Shifting shapelessly from one tune-deprived track into the next, the album lacks the band’s quirky pop-minded Panda Bear
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  17. 4.0 |   The Observer

    AC plumb depths of paucity more than subtlety in this wilfully desolate expanse of dispassionate vocals and vague, awkward ambience
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  18. 4.0 |   The Music

    Overall the album has the feel of a commissioned piece that the band's hearts were only ever half into
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  19. 3.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Tangerine Reef is more like the sound of pretending to experience something profound
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  20. 2.0 |   NME

    As unlistenable as it is boring, which is almost kind of an achievement
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