CocoRosie, Noah’s Ark

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Noah's Ark


Noah's Ark is a lovely, otherworldly and highly evocative work that bravely mixes an experimental, child-like sensibility with adult themes. These parlor ballads have an intentionally muffled sound on most tunes, the lulling lullabies a sometimes disturbing mix of backwards loops and playfully plucked pianos and stringed instruments. It's very smart and playful stuff, though. I mean, unicorns copulate on the cover. Two sisters sing in an affected, high-pitched manner; one of them is operatically trained and the other self-taught. Kid's toys form the rhythm section. A dude sort of raps in French on one song. Devendra Banhart and Antony guest star. Largely lumped in with the new folk revival, CocoRosie show themselves on this album to be far too smart, weird and reliant on electronics to fit in there (or anywhere else).