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Animals In The Dark Image
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  • Summary: The Iowan-born singer-songwriter releases his first album on the Anti label.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Repeat listens yield rich and profound rewards. [Mar 2009, p.104]
  2. 80
    This one is more bluesy and soulful, a kind of semi-protest record that takes stock of post-Bush USA. [Mar 2009, p.88]
  3. 80
    If Solomon Burke and Will Oldham had a baby. [Mar 2009, p.105]
  4. 70
    For all its grim honesty, Whitmore's fifth album also boasts a survivor's tenacity.
  5. If the subject matter becomes a little too repetitive after multiple listenings, there’s always the music itself to enjoy.
  6. His voice leads the material along, punching up the momentum of the heavier songs and providing an earthy low end for the simpler ones.
  7. Adding to his old-time preacher's moan and expressive banjo, Whitmore utilizes a full band for the first time in this collection of songs lamenting corrupt authority in all its various forms. [Winter 2009, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. MLJ
    Feb 27, 2009
    9
    Animals is a transition record for William, and even when he's figuring things out, he makes beautiful honest music.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 12, 2009
    9
    Beautiful work from an incredible artist.