|Studio album by Animal Collective|
|Released||May 3, 2004|
|Genre||Freak folk, acid folk|
|Animal Collective chronology|
Sung Tongs is the fifth studio album by American experimental pop band Animal Collective, released on May 3, 2004 by FatCat Records. Sung Tongs is generally considered[by whom?] to be Animal Collective's breakthrough release; it generated much praise from critics upon its release and was featured in best-of lists at the end of 2004 and the decade of the 2000s.
Only two of the band's four members play on it: Avey Tare (David Portner) and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), a first since Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (2000), which was originally credited to the duo and only later retroactively classified as part of the band's discography.
On the Collected Animals message board, Portner talks about the recording equipment :
"Yeah, we recorded it on the same tascam 48 (half inch 8 track) that I recorded Spirit on and the drums guitars and early electronics for Danse Manatee. That is we recorded the acoustic guitars and the vocals on 8 tracks. Then we mixed it down on Rusty's laptop and recorded many vocal and percussion over dubs. He's been using that for years. We mixed it from that onto....something..(i cant remember) at Noah's mom's place in Baltimore. It was very cold so we had to wear jackets the whole time. We added in all those samples and electronics there. We mixed for awhile so its sweet you like the mixing. Oh and we used AKGs and an old ribbon mic to record with. Though we had a pzm and some sm57s that we might have used as well. I remember using the pzm to record me slamming the door of the house which is what that distorted rhythm track in kids on holiday is. The person talking at the beginning of Who Could Win A Rabbit is someone in a deli in my neighborhood."
Moreover, they used exclusively red light during the recording process. Portner explains at the same place:
Lots of singing and messing around with doing vocals in all parts of a room. It was basically like a two bedroom house but the living room was all cement...thats where we recorded and the bedroom was where we set up the mixer. Its on the property that my parents live on in Lamar, Colorado. We rented a bunch of mics here in nyc and took my eight track out there with us. Rusty [Santos] would just listen to every song as we would play it live and walk around the room for a while and then decide how he'd want to mike the guitars. Noah and I both did the percussion during over dubs throughout the session as well.
The short track "College" with its line "You don't have to go to college" has often been mistaken as a political statement. "I just threw that line in there to make it funny and to be anti Beach Boys cause the song is so Beach Boys to begin with. You know it's like the anti...'Be True to Your School' mentality of the fifties," Dave Portner (aka Avey Tare) explained on the Collected Animals message board." "The response to that song has been amazing. People at gigs scream for us to play it, and we get emails from kids asking for advice", Portner said in an Interview in 2005.
Recalling the recordings of the album's single "Who Could Win a Rabbit", Portner wrote on the Collected Animals Board: "The first time we played back who could win a rabbit after we recorded the initial tracks we just cracked up and said 'holy shit, we made that????....'"
Reception and legacy
|The Boston Phoenix|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The song "Winters Love" was featured in The Simpsons episode "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again". "Winters Love" also appears a number of times on the soundtrack of the John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus.
Sung Tongs has sold 27,000 copies in US according to Nielsen Soundscan. 
The album has appeared on the following best-of lists:
- #9 in Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the Decade's First Half (2000–2004)
- #2 in Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2004
- #27 in Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s
- #2 in Tiny Mix Tapes' Top 100 Albums of the 2000s
All music composed by Animal Collective.
|2.||"Who Could Win a Rabbit"||2:18|
|3.||"The Softest Voice"||6:46|
|5.||"Kids on Holiday"||5:47|
|10.||"Mouth Wooed Her"||4:24|
|11.||"Good Lovin Outside"||4:26|
|12.||"Whaddit I Done"||4:05|
- Avey Tare
- Panda Bear
- Rusty Santos – engineering
- Abby Portner – cover art
- Rob Carmichael – design and layout
- Collected Animals Post by Dave Portner under his user name "wheeter", April 13, 2006
- Questions for the Collective ~ college at the Wayback Machine (archived September 29, 2011)
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