Boomkat Product Review:
For his fourth album on Asthmatic Kitty, indie-rock producer to the stars, Rafter Roberts unleashes Animal Feelings, an inventive, beat-heavy pop album that's tons of fun. The album gets straight down to business with the fey indie R&B pulsations of 'No Fucking Around', featuring stop-start drums and a chorus that repeats the title through a hefty Talk Box effect (also heard prominently throughout this week's Ratatat album - must be something in the water...). 'A Frame' follows on with some cleverly arranged acoustic percussion that hits hard, keeping the tongue-in-cheek club feel with a heavy low-end presence and some raunchy sax. To suggest that the album doesn't take itself terribly seriously would be an understatement, and the likes of 'Fruit' keep eyebrows raised in a manner befitting an Of Montreal record. While Rafter's not quite got the pop skills of Kevin Barnes and cohorts, his production work's undoubtedly more polished. Deeper into the record, there are a couple more highlights: 'Never Gonna Die' does a pretty good job of approximating a Timbaland beat whilst dropping one of the better choruses on the record, and 'Paper' carves itself into the memory thanks to its jolting, live-band dancehall stylings and unnecessarily sweary chorus.