Plants and Animals – La La Land [Album Review]

by Woody on May 3, 2010

Plants and Animals have been labeled as indie, prog-rock, classic rock, even a jam band. That’s part of the beauty of Plants and Animals. They defy labels and slapping a genre on them is an exercise in futility. Their albums are a series of quests within one epic journey. Nothing is straight-forward and most tunes have the feel of a suite as opposed a rock tune.

Like their previous efforts, the vocals on La La Land are understated and take a back seat to the accompanying music. Downplaying vocals is almost a requirement with such ambitious arrangements. If the vocals were too aggressive, they would clutter the music and lessen the effect of Plants and Animals’ dizzying instrumental prowess.

There are several highlights on La La Land, including American Idol, Kon Tiki, and The Mama Papa. But the track that continues to dig into me is Undone Melody. It’s a sprawling tune that never fully reveals itself, but there’s s some very cool and subtle shit going on. Like most of their songs, there are all sorts of nuances to discover, but this one continues to keep my head spinning.

Plants and Animals are a real treat. With all the twists and turns on the album, you are sure to keep coming back to it time and time again. Parc Avenue and With/Avec are still mainstays in my rotation and La La Land is a healthy addition. The boys will be in Chicago at Lincoln Hall on May 15th.

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Video: Plants and Animals – The Mama Papa

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ben Sommer May 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I like like the way they sound and i like their album.

T-Bone May 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

“He’s found freedom!”

Cool video, cool song.

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