Fall Be Kind [EP] - Animal Collective
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 134 Ratings

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  • Summary: The five-track EP is the second release for the year for the rock trio.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. As a collection of songs, each one ranks among the band’s best; as an album, it is a swift, personal and evocative statement from a band who has risen to fame by being one of the more mystifying and challenging modern bands to comply to pop structures, and it is all in the details.
  2. 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.
  3. Stripped of all the sonic flotsam that usually surrounds them, Animal Collective come into their own--if you can ignore the chatter to listen with innocent ears, they surpass ‘good’ and remain bewildering.
  4. The band’s trademark solemnity and repetitive downtempo styles prevail in the final three tracks, making you feel like you’re treading in a swimming pool of honey--in a good way.
  5. 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.
  6. There's not a cut here that will make anyone think differently about the Baltimore-born outfit but it's a worthy addition to their catalog.
  7. Thus, when not overextending the disappointing, unfinished musical projects on Fall Be Kind's, the Collective are busy beating their promising ideas into monotony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    I love reading peoples reviews, they make me laugh. I can see why some people don't like Animal Collective, it isn't conventional or typical of American music of this time, and sometimes, I admit, hard to listen to. But I love it. It's so creative and unique and passionate. Graze, What Would I Want? Sky, and I Think I Can are all great songs in my opinion. Some of my favorite Animal Collective songs. It may take some getting used to when you first start listening to them, but once you get to appreciate it, it is so good. Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2012
    10
    Best EP ever recorded. I could listen to this record all day long. Graze is the most majestic song you will ever hear in your life. The pan flute makes you want to be a kid again and do crazy drugs at the same time. What Would I Want? Sky is equally as compelling and one of the best songs I've ever head. Bleed is a somber middle piece that fits well between WWIW?S On A Highway, a breezy song about longing for a home. I Think I Can, the closing track, is one of Panda Bear's greatest contributions. 10/10 A+ 100% Buy this now. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    The track "I Think I Can" is actually one of the best things AC has ever done during their career. The whole album is just oh, so so great. And guess what? "What Would I Want Sky" only makes this album impossibly better. Somehow. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    this for me is the best body of work theyve ever done, so open and exciting and bonkers and brilliant. couple of darker tracks. it sounds better than merriweather which for me was quite screechy in parts. Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2011
    8
    It didn't take long for me to start wishing for more material after the release of the very-fantastic-and-rather-entertaining Merriweather Post Pavilion. Luckily, this EP delivers quite nicely with material pretty close in quality to Merriweather. I applaud them for taking this EP in two different directions- the first half being upbeat and poppy, the second being darker and more abstract. In the middle lies "Bleed", a hypnotic track which reminds me of floating inside a human heart. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2010
    6
    One of my least favorite releases by one of my favorite bands. While certain moments border on greatness, most of it feels disjointed and uninspired. The second track is really the only thing on the album worth hearing, even Panda Bear's contribution, I Think I Can, sounds sour and bland to me. Collapse

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