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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B00JEX7M7I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

The year and the change since the release of Parquet Courts’ monumental ‘Light Up Gold’ is reflected in ways both expected and not with ‘Sunbathing Animal’, its sharper, harder follow up. Following their quietly released 2011 debut ‘American Specialties’, ‘Light Up Gold’ caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colours and raw energy-saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life. It was immediately memorable - a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger’s thoughts as you passed them on the street.

As it goes with these things, the band went on tour for a short eternity, spending most of 2013 on the road, their sound growing more direct in the process and their observations expanding beyond life at home. Constant touring was broken up by three recording sessions that would make up the new album and the time spent in transit comes through in repeated lyrical themes of displacement, doubt and situational captivity. To be sure, ‘Sunbathing Animal’ isn’t a record about hopelessness, as any sort of incarceration implies an understanding of freedom and peace of mind. Fleeting moments of bliss are also captured in its grooves and extended at length, as if to preserve them. Pointed articulations of these ideas are heard as schizoid blues rants, shrill guitar leads, purposefully lengthy repetition and controlled explosions, reaching their peak on the blistering title track. A propulsive projection of how people might play the blues 300 years from now, ‘Sunbathing Animal’ is a roller coaster you can’t get off, moving far too fast and looping into eternity.

Much as ‘Light Up Gold’ and the subsequent EP ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’ offered a uniquely tattered perspective on everyday city life, ‘Sunbathing Animal’ applies the same layered thoughts and sprawling noise to more cerebral, inward-looking themes. While heightened in its heaviness and mania, the album also represents a huge leap forward in terms of songwriting and vision. Still rooted firmly in the unshackled exploration and bombastic playing of their earlier work, everything here is amplified in its lucidity and intent. The songs wander through threads of blurry brilliance, exhaustion and fury at the hilt of every note.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By j h hill on 5 Jun. 2014
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If you're hoping for the instant gratification and accessibility of 'Light Up Gold' and 'Tally...' then you will be disappointed. On first listen I was disappointed, but I stuck with it and now I absolutely LOVE this album. From the opening brace of punk inflected rockers 'Bodies...' and 'Black & White' to the slow and purposely repetitive 'She's Rolling' and 'Instant Disassembly' this record is a grower and a keeper. The title track, which at first sounded virtually unlistenable to my ears has grown into my favourite track on the album, Parquet Courts have expanded their palate very successfully with this record and I can't stress enough just how good it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Samuel Memour on 5 Jun. 2014
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After the quite brilliant "Light Up Gold", this follow up sounds like an angrier, less eager to please fingers up to anyone expecting them to go more commercial. Rawer and edgier it still compulsive listening and the guitar work is superb. Hip reputation secured!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fall fan on 4 Jun. 2014
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This is the first Parquet Courts album that I've heard, and I've really enjoyed hearing it on NPR First Listen. Lots of energy, quite danceable - if you like Wire or Television or Jonathan Richman then you might well enjoy it too.
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