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Avey Tare and Kria Brekkan Pullhair Rubeye

A bad idea is a bad idea-even when it's borne of the best intentions. So when indie super-couple Avey Tare and Kria Brekkan (of Animal Collective and Múm, respectively) decided to reverse every track on their already-obtuse debut Pullhair Rubeye, the world cringed. Still, it's a shame many critics have been too caught up in finger-pointing and idea-damning to notice that, forwards or backwards, the textures and melodies of this album tend towards transcendent. So when the "beat" unfurls clumsily underneath Brekkan's vocal trapeze act on "Sis Around the Sandmill," try not to correct it mentally (or manually, as some idle hands already have). Instead, stop to marvel at the occasional beauty of a stupid, stupid decision.

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