Right from the beginning of the first song, you can tell it's going to be an amusing experience. "On the Way (to Oklahoma)" is atmospheric and kind of creepy, and the trumpet sounds at the end sound really epic.
"What Have My Chickens Done Now?" has some of the most depressing lyrics I've ever heard. However, I think the saddest song in this album is "My Window". It does sound extremely depressing, and the lyrics... it's no surprise that death comes to everyone, but this song conveys that message so well, it's just amazing.
"Mother No More" sounds nice, but I don't think it matches the lyrics very well. I think it should sound a little sadder, especially when that guitar part comes in and makes sure the mood is completely ruined. It's still a good song though.
"Elmer's Song" is really sweet, and it sounds a little like a children's song, for some reason. Maybe it's the funny-voiced singer, or just the whole atmosphere.
"Burn My Bones", the final song on the first disc, sounds really nice, it's a good end to the album and all, but I think it's way too long than it should be. Maybe it contributes to the atmosphere (I use that word a lot, don't I?), I don't know.
But wait, this album isn't just a bunch of sad songs put together in a CD. You see, the special thing about Animal Lover is that, along with the CD, you get some neat little stories that are being told by different animals about their relationship with humanity, and they are directly related to their corresponding tracks in the CD, which tell the same story but from the human's point of view.
For example, the first story is told by a tiger in a zoo who's being watched by a strange man. One day, the man breaks into her cage and offers her a piece of dog meat before the cops come and take him away. In a funny way, the tiger misses him.
The lyrics to "On the Way (to Oklahoma)" tell the story of a man who thinks he's turned into a cat and falls in love with a tiger in the zoo. One day, he kills a dog and offers its meat to the tiger.
There's also a bonus CD with a very long title (it's commonly referred to as "Imaginary Jack"), which is just a 6-part remix of the album's tracks. There's nothing really special about it, but it does sound a bit nice.
Overall, Animal Lover is a must for pretty much everyone. You don't have to know about The Residents to enjoy this album, just get it. You will never regret it.