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Animal Collective – Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished, Danse Manatee (2000, 2001)

Animal Collective are the first group I considered giving up on after only one song.  I mean, I’m pretty good at quickly figuring out if something is “not my thing” but I’m always willing to stick it out for an entire album, just in case.  But I’m willing to make an exception for something that literally tries to make your ears fall off. Picture a teenager, lying in the grass, wistfully singing to the stars, while a hearing aid violently malfunctions in his ears.  That is what “Spirit They’ve Vanished” sounds like, and quite frankly I hated this band for it.  It was if they were trying to give me tinnitus, and on the first go-round they succeeded.

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