Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Under The Radar
    Nov 30, 2012
    The innocent timbre of her voice giving these songs a semblance of hypnotic, warped nursery rhymes. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.123]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 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.

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