Fall Be Kind [EP] - Animal Collective
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6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 135 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. MikeM.
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    Those complaining about this album's fallacies are those with a past bias for animal collective. note all ratings under 5 proclaiming them the "most overrated" band in the world. this has nothing to do with the music, so get your facts straight. this is a charming, addictive, and ultimately successful album that does not waste one moment. Collapse
  2. 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
  3. JM
    Jan 31, 2010
    10
    It seems that people really miss the point in music when it becomes hyped. This is a beautiful record and I dare you to name a more lovely song than What Would I Want? Sky that was released last year. Expand
  4. DavidS.
    Dec 15, 2009
    10
    "There's not a cut here that will make anyone think differently about the Baltimore-born outfit" False, your mom wouldn't be down to listen "Alvin Row" but she could most certainly get into "What Would I Want? Sky." This is even more accessible than MPP, you're a crazy person. Expand
  5. GeoffreyG
    Dec 19, 2009
    9
    Continues Animal Collectives trend of making absolutely gorgeous and unendingly interesting music. What Would I Want? Sky is an amazing song, and Graze and I Think I Can are also awesome. Bleed and On A Highway drone on, but never get boring. Great EP. 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. Expand
  7. 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.

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