• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Dec 15, 2009
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 139
  2. Negative: 37 out of 139

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  1. CarlW.
    Jan 26, 2010
    1
    Not good. Loved Merriweather, but this sounded like a lazy, sloppy collection of B sides.
  2. JT
    Jan 19, 2010
    2
    I always try to be fair and balanced when I write an album review... so here it goes: "Fall Be Kind" is another lackluster release from the world's most current overrated band. All the songs come off as background music for car commercials. But, if you were a fan of 'Merriweather' (and if you are, I pity your taste in music) you may find some tunes on here worth listening to.
  3. IsabellaW.
    Jan 3, 2010
    1
    The album was absolutely terrible. I found it was a big waste of time to sit and listen to it.
  4. DustinC
    Dec 15, 2009
    4
    One of those bands that critics slobber all over themselves to anoint as the saviors of one thing or another and the ultra-hip masses follow in-toe to worship and use a reference to their other cooler-than-mainstream friends. ultimately, when you get down to it, the music is just not that good. sorry i'm not sorry!
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This is Animal Collective at their finest folks, inviting everyone in to see them at their peak and loving the freedom that comes with being on top of the world.
  2. Far from the emperor with no summertime clothes, the five songs on Fall Be Kind--a mixture of holdovers from the MPP sessions and new material recorded this year--retain the electronics, but add some samples and head in a darker thematic direction.
  3. Fall Be Kind doesn’t exactly break past the barriers set by this year’s "Merriweather Post Pavilion," but it is an excellent extension of the ethos captured by that particular record.