Sunbathing Animal (CD)


Parquet Courts

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Amoeba Review

06/02/2014

What would happen to New York critical darlings Parquet Courts on their second outing? Would they get “mature” and ditch the songs about being stoned and starving? The answer is kind of, but not really. If Light Up Gold captured a band screaming its way out of the basement, Sunbathing Animal is the sound of a road-toughened band. Parquet Courts songs grew looser and jammier while touring extensively behind that album, and thus Sunbathing Animal sees the band as free and ramshackle as ever, their raucous rhythm guitars and dynamite rhythm section ping ponging off of each other on songs like “Black and White,” while the leads get tangled like earbud headphones in your pocket. Though they don’t do much to fight off the Pavement and Sonic Youth comparisons, especially on a song with such a Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain style opening as “Dear Ramona,” but group-mentality vocals and tossed-off flair give the songs their own vibe, while songs like “What Color is Blood” reveal some studied rhythmic riffing under their slacker threads and “Vienna II” reveals some atonal, No Wave leanings. So if they lose a bit of the scrappy insouciance that made their debut so appealing, it’s only a smidge, and they’ve added some colors to their crayon box in the process, turning in the tuneful “Instant Disassembly” near the album’s closing, for instance. And frontman Andrew Savage’s delivery is as terrifically unhinged as ever, particularly on the out-of-breath “Ducking & Dodging.” The wonderfully bashed out Sunbathing Animal proves Parquet Courts still have a lot more to give.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Bodies Made Of
Parquet Courts 03:21
2.
Black and White
Parquet Courts 03:02
3.
Dear Ramona
Parquet Courts 02:34
4.
What Color Is Blood
Parquet Courts 03:24
5.
Vienna II
Parquet Courts 01:02
6.
Always Back In Town
Parquet Courts 02:37
7.
She's Rolling
Parquet Courts 06:33
8.
Sunbathing Animal
Parquet Courts 03:52
9.
Up All Night
Parquet Courts 01:02
10.
Instant Disassembly
Parquet Courts 07:12
11.
Ducking & Dodging
Parquet Courts 04:29
12.
Raw Milk
Parquet Courts 03:59
13.
Into the Garden
Parquet Courts 03:00

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