Animalore - Via Audio
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn-based quartet who met at Berklee College releases its follow-up to the band's 2007 debut produced by Spoon's Jim Eno.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. The end result is this expertly-crafted, inoffensive, hook-laden pop. Though it gets a bit silly in places, the core of this disc is far too good to pass up.
  2. Via Audio are audacious in their attempt to create a wide array of organic sounds, and their efforts pay off; it’s not often that a band can instill so many approaches into an album and get away with it but Animalore delivers the goods.
  3. Via Audio thrill at taking risks, succeeding throughout the album's 12 tracks. [Mar 2010, p.98]
  4. When Animalore clicks, it does it well, but there are too many stretches on here where the band’s restraint feels like they’re playing it safe.
  5. With songwriting that veers between snoozy and face-palming, it's the kind of sophomore album that makes you question whether the debut deserved so much love in the first place.
  6. Pleasant, yes, amd occassionally clever--but if the band can't commit to it, why should you? [Winter 2010, p.72]