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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollinndagainaandagainandagain, 6 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: Hollinndagain: Live in 2001 (Audio CD)
Strictly speaking, "Hollinndagain" is not a new Animal Collective album. It's their only live performance, recorded several years ago and previously only available for a limited printing. Only on vinyl. It was sort of the Holy Grail for Animal Collective fans.

Well, fortunately that's done, since this live album has finally come out on CD. And only mild tinniness shows that it is a life performance, as Animal Collective buzzes, bangs, and wobbles through a string of eerie songs -- this is nicely solid, atmospheric music.

It starts off slow, with a soft fizzing noise, as if the band is setting up in front of an open mike. The buzzing gets louder and is laced with synth, and slowly segues into a hesitant little pop melody that slowly falls silent... and explodes back into the raucous, plaintive "Pride and Fight." It sounds like a tribal chant on acid.

They run through explosive percussion of "Forest Gospel," which sounds like someone let the Muppet Animal loose onstage, as someone mumbles intermittently. Then the band runs through a dreamlike psychedelic soundscape, trips back to a wavery chant song, and finally into an eerie darker song. It sounds like someone is sobbing... until it twists into a tangle of twisted squeaks and groans.

"Hollinndagain" is very much a child of Animal Collective's first proper album, which was dreamlike, creepy and sort of tribal. You hear that frequently here. But this live performance showed how they were starting to explore new sounds and new ways of presenting their bizarre experimental music.

Except for a faint echo on the vocals, you wouldn't even know this was a live performance. Their music blares out with explosive energy, and the softer songs are only a reprieve -- smashing drums, buzzing guitars, and a colourful smorgasbord of sound effects, from static to squeaky wheels to alarm clocks.

And the songs flow nicely into one another, without much audience noise -- I can only assume that the music stunned them into silence. The only flaw is the finale, "Pumpkin Gets A Snakebite" -- after the slow decline of the previous song, it's jarring to hear this raucous little song song smack you in the face.

The formerly rare "Hollinndagain" is a glimpse of the evolving Animal Collective back when it was young, and definitely an entertaining little album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one for the hardcore AC fans, 14 May 2014
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This review is from: Hollinndagain: Live in 2001 (Audio CD)
Just wanted to post a review of this album because there isn't many on here. If you are a casual fan of AC then its likely this album might not be what you're looking for.

But for me I try to get hold of a lot of live bootlegs, So this being released on cd a few years ago was fantastic, Because the sound quality is really good for an early live performance, You wouldn't even think it was a live album.

So over the years animal collective has evolved its sound and won over lots of fans especially post strawberry jam era, But this cd I would definitely recommend for anyone who is interested in hearing the near beginning of that evolution and anyone who really likes spirit gone , danse manatee and here comes the indian.
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