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Gorilla Manor

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Wide Eyes
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Airplanes
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Sun Hands
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World News
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Shape Shifter
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Camera Talk
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Cards & Quarters
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Warning Sign
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Who Knows Who Cares
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Cubism Dream
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Stranger Things
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Sticky Thread
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Stranger Things (WXPN Session)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 58:34

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A great listen...

beopen

All the songs are strong. Give this band a try. It's feel good music.

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Hmmmm

Mynameismalcolm

Don't agree with the four/five star reviews. Very boring, generic indie rock. Listen before you buy.

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Warning Sign *

Discmanden

Is a remake of the Talking Heads classic, and it is my favorite track. From my new favorite release. Get it now !

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One of the most perfect 4 star records ever.

GoodBadQueen23

Deserves 4 stars more than anything else I can think of. It's exactly quite good without being great.

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5 stars for sure

mcmurph28

yep, i agree with most of what has been said, this is a really really good album, get hooked on one song (world news) and then get hooked on the rest one at a time. just a bunch of good tunes right here.

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2010 Best Of

fromChicagotoPortland

This is my favorite album released in 2010. Local Natives are not only an incredible live band, but they have recorded one of the best albums I've ever heard. From the amazing instrumentation and harmonies - to the perfect group mind this band has. It's unbelievable how awesome this album is.

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Great album

petyrc

Great album and if you get a chance to see them live, do it.

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Pretty great

MattEightZeroTwo

This was quite the find. I had been in a lull before I heard wide eyes. I don't know about album of the year, but it's definitely worth the downloads.

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Album of the Year, yep, said it

InMarch

Without being gimmicky, Local Natives manage to pull off elements of my favorite bands simultaneously. Multiple-part harmonies, triumphant sing-a-longs, an African-infused drum line, and pretty orchestral string sections - all of this in the service of excellent songwriters. Gorilla Manor is well on its way to being my album of the year.

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Lovin it

artpimp

This album is great. Really glad I found it. Reminds me of My Morning Jacket but less southern.Wide Eyes, Airplane, Cubism Dream are highlights for me.

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They Say All Music Guide

Although recorded in late 2008, Gorilla Manor wasn’t released until 14 months later, allowing Local Natives the chance to build a strong blog buzz before their debut hit American shores. The delay wasn’t entirely beneficial, however, as Gorilla Manor sounds quite similar to a number of albums that flourished in the interim. Local Natives’ sunny harmonies call to mind Fleet Foxes’ debut and Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, while the band’s polyphonic hand percussion — which, at its most frenzied, is almost tribal sounding — evokes memories of Yeasayer’s All Hour Cymbals. For all its familiarity, though, Local Natives’ first album is still an enjoyable piece of work, filled with enough pop melodies and multi-cultural quirks to make the year-long holdup fairly worthwhile. The band pitches itself somewhere between the post-punk camp and Afro-beat village, with the musicians often yelping their verses in multi-part harmony before barreling into Technicolor choruses. Matt Frazier’s percussion is sharp, crisp, and always in the foreground, often assuming as much importance as the vocals themselves, while the album’s production — courtesy of the bandmates themselves, along with fellow Silver Lake resident Raymond Richards — stretches a layer of pan-ethnic atmosphere over all 12 tracks, a move that bridges any gaps in the young group’s songwriting. Local Natives may have arrived several months late for their own party, but Gorilla Manor is a refreshing example of good quality trumping bad timing. – Andrew Leahey

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