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The tenth album from fearless kitchen-sink experimentalists Animal Collective builds on a sound the band first explored on 2012’s Centipede Hz: bouncy, busy, colorful psych-pop for a post-guitar generation. Opening with the most immediate song they’ve ever recorded (“FloriDada”), Painting With strips away the meandering naturalism of Sung Tongs and the cavernous ambience of Merriweather Post Pavilion for a carbonated, synth-heavy sound conjuring '50s sci-fi soundtracks (“Hocus Pocus”), '80s video-game music (“The Burglars”), and something from just beyond tomorrow (“Lying in the Grass”). It’s an album that retains the band’s idiosyncratic sweetness while managing to be unusually direct.

Customer Reviews

Pretty Disappointing

Just finished a whole listen through and I can't say I'm thrilled. The two songs they released before the album, "Floridada" and "Lying in the Grass" we're pretty awesome and had me hyped up. But it seemed that they knew which two to pick considering the rest of the album was a bit boring. The songs just kinda moped around and overstayed their welcome. While there were some neat parts to the album, they were overshadowed by a lot of uninteresting, weird electronics. The vocal melodies, also, were not as plentiful as I had envisioned them to be. I'll give it another go later, maybe it'll grow on me. But yeah.. I'm very let down with this right now.

5/5 mastapeece

if you are wondering if this will be a good album.... it will be. just dont buy it from here. go to domino records and buy the album cover you want. choose between Avey, Panda, or Geo.

Reviewed AFTER It Was Released

As disorienting as their earlier work, but focusing the “psychedelia” on the seesaw-ing vocals instead of the composition or texture of previous works. Starting to climb out of the Centipede Hz feel into something more tropical, but still haven't left that same crunchy, everything-to-the-front, thick groove-heavy feel of the last album.
I feel like a lot of their effort was focused on the technique, especially vocals, and production. These are pop-y songs with the Animal Collective bent towards experimentation, I feel, rather than predictably Animal Collective compositions. Every song has a quick tempo, with little respite in the album, which I feel was the main criticism with Centipede Hz: There was nowhere for the listener to take refuge in some chanting rhythm with samples of cats meowing, which is part of what I think of when I happily think of Animal Collective.

In short, this album has just as much experimentation as any Animal Collective album, and they always get high marks for ingenuity. I myself would have prefered a little variety in the tracks, as it feels like it never really lets any of the album “land.”


Formed: 1999 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Animal Collective were formed in Baltimore County, Maryland, by longtime friends and musical collaborators Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). With a penchant for genre-hopping and studio experimentation, the group began drawing comparisons to everyone from the Residents and the Flaming Lips to the Incredible String Band and the Holy Modal Rounders. Solo and side projects proved to be a continual occupation for most of the group's...
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