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Both as a member of Animal Collective and as the solo artist, Panda Bear, Noah Lennox spent the aughts helping redefine the aesthetics and methodology of experimental and independent music. With work ranging from splayed but lyrical noise, florid acoustic arrangements, and guitar-centric psychedelia, he and his bandmates have covered a vast musical territory that blurs the line between pop and ... Read more in Amazon's Panda Bear Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Paw Tracks
  • ASIN: B0002KVUP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2nd album of the solo project from Animal Collective. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 10 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Young Prayer was the second solo-effort from Noah Lennox, one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed underground indie/folk/electronica project, Animal Collective. The album follows on nicely from the lo-fi exploration of his 1998 self-titled effort, whilst simultaneously setting the scene for the subsequent burst of vibrant full colour that would permeate the very core of his critically acclaimed third album, Person Pitch. You could also draw parallels with various Animal Collective releases, in particular Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished and Danse Manatee; both of which capture that odd combination of the pastoral and the ambient merging into night.

With this in mind, I can honestly imagine this being an album that many people won't like. A sparse and far out record that fuses elements of folk, psychedelic pop, world music and hints of ambient noise in a manner that seems entirely devoid of all sense of structure, formality and predictability. As a listening experience it's odd and disconcerting; an experimental work about death that is both cold and distant and yet, remains something that never becomes maudlin or self-pitying. It is an album with a recognisable emotional theme, and yet, one in which the lyrics are muffled by the cacophonous clamour of instruments or, instead, replaced completely by a series of abstract and incomprehensible moans, groans, grunts and sneezes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev Q Sand on 22 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Panda Bear is a member of Animal Collective, one of the finest bands around at the moment.
This solo album is far more stripped down than anything by Animal Collective. It focuses on vocals and minimal instrumentation and is quite introspective in mood. Apparently the album was inspired by the death of his father and as a result the music is slightly melancholic in mood although never dreary.
Panda Bear seems to use his voice as one of the instruments rather than as a means to convey a message. The instrumentation is sparse as if all unneccessary distractions have been taken away leaving the bare bones of the songs. The guitar melodies are fragile and beautiful and complement the vocals perfectly.
None of the tracks have titles but i think it works best taken as a whole anyway. This style of music could become repetitive over a long running time but actually the album is quite short.
It won't be to everyone's taste but Animal Collective fans should enjoy it as would anyone else with an open mind and a diverse record collection.
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I lost a very close loved one recently, and this music resonates deeply, and did so before i knew that it was music created from grief.
i hate to regurgitate pretentious sounding cliches, but that there are no words and no real structures in this, no names for the songs even, reflects the fact that there aren't words or structures that can contain these emotions along with quite a lot of others that we all feel or are affected by, consciously or not.
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 2 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Please someone.....please tell me what the hell i'm supposed to be hearing while listening to this album!!!
if your thing is off tempo guitar strumming and some bloke making moaning noises in the same way for nine tracks then by all means purchase. Maybe this is mood music, or i just cant hear the "subtle arrangements" or whatever but steer clear!!!!
i'm starting to think i'm missing some huge irony with this album......still, its a minimalist, indulgent mess of nothingness.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Panda Bear's High Lonesome 3 Oct. 2004
By B. Case - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Young Prayer" is not the recording that you might expect to hear from Panda Bear. Half of the prolific and enchanting Animal Collective, "Young Prayer" does not overwhelm the senses in the manner of the Animal Collective's "Sung Tongs" or "Spirit They're Gone Spirit". Animal Collective is the intersection of Brian Wilson's spiritual harmonies and the Stockhausen/Cage-meets-the-pop-song sonic dissonance of Can and the Velvet Underground. Found sounds, waves of distortion and compression, joyful dissonance, in-the-round singing, cut-and-paste sound collage. This is the sort of hypnotic music that your cats will hate you for.

The sounds of "Young Prayer" are unexpected even while they rest within the sonic footprint created by the Animal Collective. By unexpected I mean that "Young Prayer" is less reminiscent of the latest Animal Collective recording, "Sung Tongs," than of the reverbed high lonesome of My Morning Jacket's Jim James in "At Dawn". And high lonesome this album is; recorded in Panda Bear's childhood home, following the death of his father, this album, if nothing else, is a requiem.

"Young Prayer" is a stripped down recording, for all I know it might have been taped onto a four-track or a walkman. "Young Prayer" is the strumming of an acoustic guitar, it is the thin wail of Panda Bear, it is the rhythm of a hand-clap, it is the feeling of being alone in an empty house. "Young Prayer" is not a solo album in the sense of setting oneself apart from a previous musical endeavor (think of Lou Reed's "Transformer" following the dissolution of the Velvet Underground), it is the miles that pass from the Velvet Underground's freak-out on 'European Son' to the pleading of 'Jesus'. Or the boisterous surf-rock of the Beach Boys singing 'Surfin' Safari' in 1962 to the transcendental 'God Only Knows' in 1966. By these comparisons I mean that "Young Prayer" possesses a feeling that the Animal Collective recordings lack, and that is the feeling of loneliness and loss.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beauty, Pain, Loss...all recorded with Grace. 30 Nov. 2004
By Coheed Lullaby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
We can all relate to the loss of a loved one. Some of us have lost great-grandmothers, cousins twice-removed, or other folks that we didn't know well enough to cause serious mourning. Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear) is another story. He lost his father, and as an emotional response to this he recorded "Young Prayer".

Now, you can choose to seperate the record from its overwhelming context, but I choose not to. That's like trying to take the South out of Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury". So listening to "Young Prayer" as a man's catharsis and healing place is absolutely essential to the experience itself.

The record consists of eight tracks, all unnamed, which makes it much easier to absorb if you can sit and listen all the way through (which isn't that hard...it's under 30 minutes long, all total). The arrangements are sparse, with guitar, vocals, and selected other instruments taking up the bulk of the album. The lyrics are mostly unintelligable, but what you do feel is how much his father meant to Noah. This is a record that can be emotionally draining if you're not in the right frame of mind.

Ultimitely, however, it serves as a guidepost along the way to those in mourning. In the liner sleeve, Panda Bear dedicates it simply, beautifully; "This is for my father. Goodbye, dad. I hope you are good where you are." Thanks to Panda Bear, we're all a little better off, too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Album Title Says It All 30 July 2005
By B. A Riesgraf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Panda Bear's Young Prayer is, to my mind, a perfect album, in that it does exactly what it sets out to do as a musical work. How can I make such an allegation? Although I can't profess to somehow know the precise effect that the artist was aiming for, I would refer skeptics to the album's title, which, in this case, serves as an excellent expression of the music's intent. Let me explain a little more clearly.

Listening to these 9 untitled tracks as one cohesive whole has an overwhelming effect on both my senses and consciousness. The music is simply so powerful and beautiful that I have felt it necessary to listen to it only under ideal circumstances, usually with headphones, so that every sonic detail can be picked up and fully appreciated. I would advise potential listeners to do the same, either waiting for or setting up situations conducive to relaxation and reflection, without interruptions. Then, open yourself up and allow this entrancing elegy to be poured into you.

Each track follows a succession that, when considered, seems to be the one necessary arrangement. For instance, although almost none of the vocals consist of understandable lyrics, one can hear Panda Bear at the end of track 1 proclaiming "...this is how I will speak to you..." and "...this is how you will know me." This acts as a perfect lead-in to the rest of the album as a whole. Most tracks are heavily-strummed, lovely, pensive wanderings, but a few stray from this prototype, most notably 5 and 7. The former is a playful, pounding chant, and the latter is a slow, mournful lament with highly-processed vocals. The emotions evoked by each of these miniatures are intense but very difficult to pinpoint. My personal listening experience tends to make me feel completely immersed in my surroundings, contemplative, melancholic and elated (often at the same time!), and extremely nostalgic. This is where the title comes in: this music is simply bursting at the seams with all the joy and the pain, all the wonder and the fear of childhood. In its unabashed youthfulness, it yearns for the soothing presence of a wise and trusted adult, but in the end, it assumes that roll as well. It is the arc of learning to accept something. I will never let this music go.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
introspective album from Animal Collective member 5 Dec. 2005
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first time that I listened to Young Prayer, I felt a bit underwhelmed. I'd gotten so used to anything related to the Animal Collective being so off-the-wall that the directness of this short 10-track release took awhile to sink in. Although there are tracks on the release that are a bit more layered, it's easily the most intimate and stripped-down thing that member of the Animal Collective have been involved in.

Probably the closest reference point to this release is the Campfire Songs effort that the group put out on the Catsupplate Record label a couple years back. Young Prayer breaths even more than that disc, though, as it most often finds Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) with just himself and an acoustic guitar (and some effects). Written to reflect upon the death of his father, the 10 tracks are given no names and even the vocals are nearly completely indiscernable. In freeing itself of all of the above trappings, the release opens itself up into an almost ritualistic territory.

The opening track finds Lennox singing higher and higher over strummed bursts of guitars that glint with a touch of electronics for punctuation at times while the third track is a short and lovely pairing of deft guitar and piano that feels too short at only a minute long. The centerpoint of the album also finds it at its most upbeat as looped vocal phrases move in a round while clapping and a 4/4 thump keep the track folding in on itself.

As mentioned above, the release is very sparse, but it most often works in favor. In the sixth track, soft vocals and guitars drift in and out as a drum kit is flirted with and subtle electronics float to the surface once as a lovely surprise. Although there is a good amount of variety on the release, it does drag a smidge in places. The five-plus minute high vocals/strummed guitar fourth track sounds similar to many other tracks on the release, but fails to really move in any different directions. If you're a fan of work by the Animal Collective, you'll probably want to check this out, but keep in mind that you'll need a little patience. Fans of experimental/improv folk should also hunt it down.

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not what you'd expect.... 22 Feb. 2006
By Sage Turk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...which shouldn't be surprising coming from the frontman of a band that consistently defies expectation. And yet it is surprising in the worst way possible--instead of an initial interest and exhilaration, the first time listening to Panda Bear's solo effort is...well...underwhelming. Yet, true to form, the music of this unique talent grows on you, expands inside of you, and eventually wins your respect if, of course, you can stomach a steep (and lengthy) learning curve.

Sung Tongs and Feels are throbbing mashes of pure musical joy...Young Prayer is a whisper in comparison. If Animal Collective is like musically making love, Young Prayer is the afterglow.
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