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As well as getting copies of the first Giving Up album and the ace new 7” of blazing garage pop from Last Year’s Men, this week Sophomore Lounge have sent us this varied album of indie pop from Chicago quartet Animal City, who mix up garagey power-pop styles with a steady, metronomic synthpop sensibility for an album which, while a little schizophrenic and patchy, does touch on greatness in places.
The songs can sound so different that at times it seems a little bit like that recent Girls album - a compilation-style mishmash of tracks all performed by the same band. When it works it works really well, though. ‘A Lisp A Little’ mixes Why?-meets-Cake nerdy vocals with a nifty little ‘60s psych garage guitar hook, and on the second side the one-two shot of ‘The Bosmoti Rice’, a sweet little pop groover that falls somewhere between Toro Y Moi and Vampire Weekend, and the lively Archers of Loaf-meets-GBV-isms of ‘Drummer Sister’ with its great ‘80s sounding guitars, sees the band picking up a bit of a head of steam and I think the second side in general has the stronger songs on this album. Overall it’s hit and miss, with the lengthy opening track ‘Worst Kinda Crush’ being particularly irritating in a sub-They Might Be Giants kind of way, but persevere and you’ll find a decent-sized serving of good old-fashioned indie rock later on.
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