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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the San Francisco-based cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme.
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  • Record Label: Polyvinyl
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Neo-Psychedelia
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    80
    Their deep sea dive of a debut gradually evolves into a rich and colourful source of escape, like a coral reef excavation with the occasionally grizzly-toothed white shark thrown in for good measure.
  2. Uncut
    Jan 15, 2014
    70
    They might've allowed the collage more space to breathe, for the bandwidth is densely layered to bursting with blissed-out sampling; but the rapture makes it churlish to complain. [Feb 2014, p.80]
  3. Feb 5, 2014
    70
    It could be said that Forever might benefit from fewer layers of production, but its maze of sounds is part of its charm and what keeps it interesting.
  4. Jan 13, 2014
    60
    Painted Palms have a natural ability to extract profound noise from otherwise unremarkable places, lyrically however; it's more subjective. Forgettable accounts of youthful deprecation litter the album.
  5. Jan 24, 2014
    60
    There seems to be an innate knack for melody on display here that produces several moments of pop joy.
  6. Jan 16, 2014
    60
    When they’re not trying to imitate the inimitable, Painted Palms hit a pleasant if not ground-shaking plateau.
  7. Jan 13, 2014
    50
    Forever is essentially a pop record, but while there's no denying that some of these songs in isolation fulfill the catchy promise of that genre, there's just not enough to elevate this above being a decent debut and not much else.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    9
    Glistening psychedelic pop. If Animal Collective's van scraped paint with The Shins' Prius.... Feels like maybe a swirly straw in myGlistening psychedelic pop. If Animal Collective's van scraped paint with The Shins' Prius.... Feels like maybe a swirly straw in my cocktail. A very creative effort! Expand