Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 30, 2012
    With its comparatively morose yet still lively sound, Animator is just as instrumentally adventurous and aurally beautiful as the Luyas' enchanting debut.
  2. Oct 25, 2012
    As Animator fades out, however, all that's left is a lingering feeling equal parts hushed and disquieting. The Luyas' ability to cultivate a mood so thick with this album is a huge accomplishment, and the strangely beautiful world they've created in these songs is one worth revisiting over and over.
  3. Oct 24, 2012
    This sumptuous sonic depth exceeds that of a live band, but still feels like something The Luyas will pull off live without a hitch. Evocative and avoiding narrative, brooding but warm to the touch, you'll feel compelled to return to these songs without actually learning the mechanics of their nature.
  4. Nov 1, 2012
    Delicate string arrangements and Jessie Stein's gossamer vocals, at once charming and sinister, build the lush Animator, livening the spirit through both sun and shadow.
  5. Oct 25, 2012
    [Animator is] the sound of a group taking a familiar sound, segmenting it, and discovering that the results can be infinitely compelling.
  6. Nov 30, 2012
    The innocent timbre of her voice giving these songs a semblance of hypnotic, warped nursery rhymes. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.123]
  7. Nov 1, 2012
    Animator is an album with a very well-built and convincing formula, one that works best when the Luyas stick to their own script. The off-book moments here, though they attempt to surprise, in the end just pull us out of what's an otherwise hypnotizing record.
  8. Oct 29, 2012
    At times the album feels just a bit too airy, but it finds its footing when Jessie Stein's ghostly falsetto blends with the band's unique orchestral-psychedelic instrumentation more directly.
  9. 60
    Animator is an easy album to admire, as the band is clearly pushing themselves and working in sonic territory that is neither comfortable nor easy.
  10. Oct 26, 2012
    Though inspired by weightier and more evocative themes [than 20122's Too Beautiful to Work], Animator already feels less memorable-- it seems to constantly evade the listener's grasp.
  11. Time and time again The Luyas set themselves up in a soft kraut-like groove and fail to progress the song into something different, allowing it to fizzle out after four or five minutes.

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