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4.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Album
Animal Collective's streak of brilliant but divisive work continues; from a musical standpoint ODDSAC is fantastic. They've been working on the film since 2006, and, unsurprisingly, the music is reminiscent of their albums Feels (2005) and Strawberry Jam (2007). For a band so set on changing their style between albums it's nice to see them revisit a less electronic, more...
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by smeebob

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3.0 out of 5 stars Psychadelic and seriously trippy
A series of psychedelic and seriously trippy audio-visual montages, much like flicking between YouTube and Windows Media Player with your nose an inch from your monitor screen.

I was really interested to see this after watching Danny Perez's video for Black Dice, but have to say was a little underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong - it's quite polished, very textural...
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Ben


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Album, 24 Aug 2010
This review is from: Oddsac: A Visual Album by Animal Collective and Danny Perez [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Animal Collective's streak of brilliant but divisive work continues; from a musical standpoint ODDSAC is fantastic. They've been working on the film since 2006, and, unsurprisingly, the music is reminiscent of their albums Feels (2005) and Strawberry Jam (2007). For a band so set on changing their style between albums it's nice to see them revisit a less electronic, more unhinged sound. The songs here rank with their best work from that period (And yes, despite the film format there are definite songs, many of the sequences contain singing and lyrics. For all intents and purposes this is a new Animal Collective album.).

It is easy to see why it would be badly received by film critics. ODDSAC is described on the box as a 'visual album' and it works best if you treat it as such. There is no overall plot, but the styles of the different chapters create a thematic whole. Think schlocky b-movie forest psychedelia paint splattered light show.

But would an Animal Collective film have worked with a more cohesive plot or direction? There has always been an abstract streak to their music, a sense of playful weirdness. In that respect, as a fan of the band, it only adds to the experience. The visuals complement and reflect the music well where a less abstract film format might have distracted from it. So, if you're familiar with the band then go for it. You'll be used to the initial sense of confusion and will appreciate the new music. If you're approaching this as someone new to Animal Collective, then, no offence, but you probably wont get it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Psychadelic and seriously trippy, 4 Jan 2012
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Ben (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Oddsac: A Visual Album by Animal Collective and Danny Perez [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
A series of psychedelic and seriously trippy audio-visual montages, much like flicking between YouTube and Windows Media Player with your nose an inch from your monitor screen.

I was really interested to see this after watching Danny Perez's video for Black Dice, but have to say was a little underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong - it's quite polished, very textural and visceral with a benevolent performance-art edge that's unusual - but sat on my sofa at home this was a little unforgiving.

As live visuals projected at an event, I imagine this is perfect, but at 50+ minutes it needed just a few more visual or narrative threads to keep me interested. There are some brilliant moments, and it looks and sounds great, but there's only so much eye-candy you can take before you start looking at the clock wondering how much more there is to go, or need to roll yourself a another spliff.

Still... it's brave and different, and if you like the improvised noise textures of Animal Collective you'll find the imagery fits nicely. I recommend you buy it and watch it just to support their creativity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Words cant describe..., 29 Nov 2010
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Mr. Jack Edmonds "Jack-ED" (Swindon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Oddsac: A Visual Album by Animal Collective and Danny Perez [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This is a very hard DVD to review for somebody deciding whether to bye it or not. Its kind of a cross between an animal collective album and an acid trip. With pulsating rhythms more reminiscent of AC's earlier works layered over some of the weirdest, mesmerising and in some places disturbing visuals I have ever seen! I would dread to think where Danny Perez got his inspirations from!!!
Overall very good, if you love animal collective buy. If not then steer well clear!
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4.0 out of 5 stars relaxing and unsettling, 9 Nov 2010
This review is from: Oddsac: A Visual Album by Animal Collective and Danny Perez [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
After watching this DVD for the second time with my brother in law, he said, "it's weird because it is both relaxing and unsettling at the same time", to which i agreed. I think it's because in many ways it plays out like a disturbing dream full of strange imagery and interesting patterns. It seems to be telling you something but it's not really clear what that is.

I'm fairly sure people new to Animal Collective will find this a difficult film to grasp. It veers more toward the bands experimental side rather than their relatively more accessible recent material. Despite being released on DVD this is closer to an album than a film although it sits somewhere between the two.

To be honest i don't think there is a plot as such; it's more a visual accompaniment to the music but it does feature some striking imagery and dreamlike sequences. Highlight's include a vampire character floating in a canoe, Panda Bear thrashing a small drum kit on stone wasteland and a trippy psychedelic animated sequence that almost tips you over the edge. Sometimes it reminded me of a David Lynch film mixed with "Nosferatu"!

The music is fantastic and for me it's even better than the critcially aclaimed "Merriweather Post Pavillion". There's a nice balance between their melodic side and their more unhinged experimental tendencies. It has the tribal weirdness of "Here Comes the Indian" mixed with the dreamy vibe of the "Feels" album.

Fans of Animal Collective should buy this immediately and people who have an interest in psychedelia should certainly give it a go. It's very strange and difficult to describe but i find the more i watch it the more i seem to "get it" if that makes any sense.
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