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ANIMALS

This Town Needs Guns

 

Crossover Prog

4.19 | 17 ratings

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Riuku
5 stars First off, this album is a masterpiece. Very unique tone, surreal sounds, and mesmerizing beats/time signatures. There is really not much like anything else--this album is incredibly happy sounding and uplifting. The lyrics are much more sophisticated than usual pop lyrics (and actually are a bit sad, thought-provoking, contrasting the happiness of the music), which brings me to the controversial part of this review: the songs are all short, incredibly poppy, and "not all that progressive." Well, that first criticism, short songs...is obviously true. But there's nothing bad about that, because what matters is what you do with the length you have. A short but excellent 4 minute song is much better than a boring 18 minute epic. The second part is a stretch. The songs can actually be danced too, although you probably have to be on some drugs to follow those rhythms. They sound very poppy, but it's magical how they manage to do this because the riffs are ultra-complex. This can only be a strong point. And actually, it's a lot of fun to try dancing to it!

Anyway, that last criticism...it's not progressive? Well that is just not true. I've seen people say this isn't progressive at all, but how can that be? The way this band uses highly complex rhythms and manages to make them sound poppy, experiment with sounds, and whatnot...that is very progressive. The ONLY criticism I have of this masterpiece is that the songs are not all that varied...but that's okay because they are all so good, that it ends up building one giant masterpiece instead of a few good songs here and there. Plus, they each have something unique about them. On to the music!

The first song, Pig, starts off immediately with what I think is 7/8 but it lasts maybe four seconds. It's immediately overwhelming and fun, and the ending of this piece puts you in a state of bliss, with what sounds like handclaps. It just grows into something magnificent.

The second song, Baboon, starts off with about a million guitar notes, yet it sounds soothing and calm. Very technical yet still poppy. The voice is great here (maybe it sounds too emo for some of you, but this singer definitely does have a lot of strong points, sounding like a weird cross of Tool's Maynard and Anthony Green from Circa Survive). There are some awesome transitions in this piece, like at 1:22. Enjoy!

Panda starts with some uplifting notes and continues on without a lot of power, some very happy sounding vocal sections with dreamy lyrics here. The ending features some "happy drumming."

Gibbon features an amazing psychedelic section towards the end. Headphones are essential for this piece, as various sounds come out of different sides and spin all around your head before an amazing transition back to the intro.

Rabbit starts off ultra poppy and it feels like it will last forever, but it literally only lasts two seconds. From there it's a mind-blowing tornado of music, that ends with some absolutely marvelous and beautiful "string" keyboards (or maybe real strings?) as it gets calm.

Badger begins a little slower than most other tracks here. It's strongest point has to be the additional piano/keyboard touches. It's hard to believe actual human beings could piece those beautiful notes over the madness underneath. The snare drumming towards the end is also a standout.

Elk is the most blissful musical experience ever. Just listen.

Crocodile follows Elk thoughtful, still very calm and with a brilliant middle section that makes you feel like you are looking at the stars with a close friend.

Quetzel is nonsense, psychedelic nonsense, just the guys having fun.

Chinchilla is when things pick up again; however, it slows down a bit later and we're treated to some more great riffs and some nice drumming. At about 1:20 we get some great guitar tidbits. The rim drumming is pretty sweet as well, check it out.

Dog is just some more greatness, with delicious double bass drum chops. With a heavier distorted sound on guitars and growling vocals it'd be metal, but they make it sound happy. Some good lyrics here too.

Lemur has some catchy vocals and catchy drumming, yet it is still the same brand of ultra complex. "You know, from the get-go" is brilliant, very catchy. Some cool tribal drumming stuff going on.

Lastly, we have the very different Zebra. This is a psychedelic masterpiece, beautiful, a little dark, and a great ending to the album.

If you are in the US you will be treated to some marvelous bonus tracks.

Overall, this album is essential listening for all. The only thing I think stopping a few people are the misleading song lengths, and maybe the vocals. There is so much going on here, it takes lots of listens, and the replay value is incredibly high.

The Mind-blowingly insane: There's a lot, but I'll pick the most immediate, hard-hitting one: in Pig, the 11/4 time signature bits with that weird bass notes. The coordination is insane.

The Mind-blowingly beautiful: there's also a lot, but Elk (all of it) just overwhelms all competition with its sheer beauty and uplifting sound.

The Mind-blowingly unexpected: that psychedelic headphone section I mentioned.

Riuku | 5/5 |

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