Panda Bear – Tomboy
Like everyone else, I had high expectations for this album – but I have to say that after the second listen, I was left a little bit underwhelmed – maybe not the right word. Maybe I just felt like it was a bit overhyped, which is my fault because I should’ve maintained perspective. Don’t get me wrong – there’s some stuff on here I really like, probably 3/4ths of it. He goes for a more organic sound, losing a lot of the prior use of samples. The Brian Wilson love stays heavy on the album – a mainstay with PB and Animal Collective personnel in general.
The title track, the dubby “Slow Motion”, “Alsatian Darn”, the sparse “Scheherazade” and the unusually bouncey”Afterburner” are all awesome tracks. I just felt like a lot of the other parts (even areas in the songs I liked) we sort of ….ehh….nothing special – like me and my skills as a reviewer. I’m pretty used to the vocal delays, heavy effects, and repetition – as they are signature items in Panda Bear albums, a part of his sound. It’s bare is some parts, hallucinogenic in others. There are lowlights, like “Drone”, which is basically an all-drone sound track. Honestly, the song is a downer and boring, as are a few other songs like “Friendship Bracelet”.
Grade: a light B+….just tittered in the edge. It should keep PB and AC lovers, like myself, well pacified.