Person Pitch

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Person Pitch
Studio album by Panda Bear
Released March 20, 2007 (2007-03-20)
Genre Experimental, psychedelic pop, electronic
Length 45:36
Label Paw Tracks
Producer Panda Bear
Panda Bear chronology
Young Prayer
(2004)
Person Pitch
(2007)
Tomboy
(2011)
Singles from Person Pitch
  1. "I'm Not/Comfy in Nautica"
    Released: September 22, 2005
  2. "Bro's"
    Released: September 4, 2006
  3. "Good Girl/Carrots"
    Released: January 23, 2007
  4. "Take Pills"
    Released: June 19, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
A.V. Club A-[2]
BBC Collective 4.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A-[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
The Observer 5/5 stars[5]
Paste 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (9.4/10)[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]

Person Pitch is the third solo album released by Animal Collective member Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear, released on March 20, 2007. The album was released to universal acclaim.[11]

Pitchfork Media named Person Pitch the top album of 2007[12] and the 9th best of the decade.[13] Tiny Mix Tapes ranked Person Pitch the best album of 2007[14] and also ranked it 8th on their 'Favorite 100 Albums of 2000-2009' list.[15] Additionally, the track "Bro's" was placed by Pitchfork Media at 48th in their "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s."[16] Critic Simon Reynolds named the album as among the best of the decade.[17]

Person Pitch has also gained praise and recognition by other musicians. Artists such as Bradford Cox, The Tough Alliance, Diplo, St. Vincent, Black Dice, Christopher Bear of Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and Dan Snaith from Caribou have all claimed Person Pitch as one of the best albums in 2007.[18]

Release history[edit]

Five of the seven tracks on the album were released prior to the album, some of them with different mixing and/or lengths. "I'm Not" and "Comfy in Nautica" were released together as a double A-side single in 2005. "Bro's" was released as a single on Fat Cat Records in late 2006. "Good Girl / Carrots" was released in early 2007 on a split 12" with the band Excepter via Animal Collective's own label Paw Tracks (on the single, the song is called, simply, "Carrots"). "Search for Delicious" was featured in 2005 on Volume 14 of music magazine Comes With a Smile's CD compilations. Finally, "Take Pills" was released as a 7" single on June 19, 2007. Despite Lennox's initial assertion that Person Pitch would be issued only on CD, it was announced shortly after its release that it would in fact be pressed on vinyl; the double LP was released on June 19.
Initially Lennox wanted to name it Perfect Pitch, but eventually changed it to Person Pitch - "Pitch being sound and Person being a person and Person Pitch being a sound of a person."[19]

The album was recorded by Lennox and was mixed by Rusty Santos. Recorded using mostly samplers, the album is stylistically a large step away from Panda Bear's last album, Young Prayer, which was written and recorded after the death of Lennox's father. Lennox himself described the songs in advance as "super dubby and old sounding, like Motown or Buddy Holly just a little bit."[20] In fact, Person Pitch exhibits a much brighter sound, perhaps due in part to Lennox's move to Portugal. Seeing this connection and the change of atmosphere in his music, Lennox says:

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for Person Pitch and all of the related singles were done by Agnes Montgomery [3]. About the decision to put this list in the booklet and the making of the artwork, Lennox said:

Influences[edit]

The following artists are listed in the liner notes as influences for the album.

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

# Title Samples Time
1 "Comfy in Nautica"
  • "Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blom Mi" performed by Choir of All Saints
  • "Tetsuo" performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi in the soundtrack to the film Akira
4:04
2 "Take Pills" 5:23
3 "Bro's"[22] 12:30
4 "I'm Not" 3:59
5 "Good Girl/Carrots" 12:42
6 "Search for Delicious"
  • "Berserker" performed by Jane
  • Named after a book by Natalie Babbitt, The Search for Delicious
4:53
7 "Ponytail" 2:05

Vinyl[edit]

Side A

1. "Comfy in Nautica" – 4:04
2. "Take Pills" – 5:23

Side B

3. "Bro's" – 12:30

Side C

4. "Good Girl/Carrots" – 12:42

Side D

5. "I'm Not" – 3:59
6. "Search for Delicious" – 4:53
7. "Ponytail" – 2:05

Accolades[edit]

Album[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite Albums of 2007 2007 #1[23]
Pitchfork Media Top 50 Albums of 2007 2007 #1[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite 100 Albums of 2000-2009 2009 #8[15]
Pitchfork Media The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s 2008 #9[13]
Obscure Sound Best Albums of 2007 2007 #24[24]
About.com Top 20 Albums of 2007 2007 #2[25]
Resident Advisor Top 100 Albums of the '00s 2009 #84[26]
Gorilla vs. Bear 2000–2009 2009 #1[27]
Stylus Magazine Top 50 Albums of 2007 2007 #3[28]

Tracks[edit]

"Bro's"[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Pitchfork Media Top 100 Tracks of 2007 2007 #3[29]
Pitchfork Media The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s 2009 #48[16]

"Comfy in Nautica"[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Rolling Stone 100 Best Songs Of 2007 2007 #74[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/music/person-pitch/panda-bear/critic-reviews
  3. ^ "BBC Collective review". 
  4. ^ Rogers, Jude (April 6, 2007). "The Guardian review". London. 
  5. ^ Reynolds, Simon (March 18, 2007). "ONM review". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ Paste (Apr 2007): 58. 
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 
  8. ^ "Panda Bear: Person Pitch | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Tiny Mix Tapes review". 
  10. ^ Uncut (Apr 2007): 114. 
  11. ^ "Panda Bear: Person Pitch (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  12. ^ a b "Staff Lists: Top 50 Albums of 2007 | Features". Pitchfork. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  13. ^ a b "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 20-1 | Features". Pitchfork. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  14. ^ "Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite Albums of 2007". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  15. ^ a b "Favorite 100 Albums of 2000-2009: 20-01 | Staff Feature". Tiny Mix Tapes. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  16. ^ a b "Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 50-21 | Features". Pitchfork. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  17. ^ http://reynoldsretro.blogspot.com/2011/04/panda-bear-tomboy-paw-tracks-directors.html
  18. ^ "Guest Lists: Best of 2007 | Features". Pitchfork. 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  19. ^ Interview, Má Fama radio, January 8, 2007
  20. ^ Interview, The Milk Factory, April 2005
  21. ^ a b Hatch-Miller, R. "Dusted Feature: Panda Bear," Dusted Magazine.
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2007-12-30. Archived from the original on 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  24. ^ "Best Albums of 2007: #30 to #21". Obscure Sound. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  25. ^ "Top 20 Albums of 2007". About.com. 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  26. ^ "RA Poll: Top 100 albums of the '00s". Residentadvisor.net. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  27. ^ "albums of the decade | 2000-2009". Gorilla Vs. Bear. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  28. ^ [2][dead link]
  29. ^ "Staff Lists: Top 100 Tracks of 2007 | Features". Pitchfork. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  30. ^ "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 

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