Animal Magic (Bonobo album)

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Animal Magic
Studio album by Bonobo
Released 24 July 2000 Original
24 April 2001 Re-release
Genre Electronic
Length 44:36
Label Tru Thoughts (TRUCD007)
Ninja Tune (ZENCD63)
Bonobo chronology
Animal Magic
One Offs... Remixes & B-Sides
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) [2]

Animal Magic was the debut studio album by British electronic music artist Bonobo, originally released in 2000 on Tru Thoughts and re-released in 2001 by Ninja Tune.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Sleepy Seven"
  3. "Dinosaurs"
  4. "Kota"
  5. "Terrapin"
  6. "The Plug"
  7. "Shadowtricks"
  8. "Gypsy"
  9. "Sugar Rhyme"
  10. "Silver"
  • all songs mixed by Bonobo (Simon Green)

Critical Reception[edit]

Animal Magic received both mixed and positive reviews upon release. Allmusic gave the album a 2.5/5, stating that "the album at first is repulsive and repetitive, but slowly builds it's way into a steady and enjoyable debut". Pitchfork Media gave the album a score of 7.6 / 10, praising Bonobo, (aka Simon Green) "for his smooth and calming sound, but detrimental use of previous Ninja Tune and Tru Thoughts records". Even with this critical ire, Animal Magic to this day has a large and prominent fan-base, having launched a whole audience for Bonobo's future and present music releases.