Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 70
    Although their guitar-drums set-up is reminiscent of the White Stripes, the Animals are more interested in the wake-and-bake vibe of haggard hippie bands like Love and the Jefferson Airplane.
  2. It’s a mature, accomplished and surprisingly diverse collection of songs, but life-changing it ain’t.
  3. The Golden State band Golden Animals mine that particular epoch of mild psych and blues rock--especially the middle part, when 60s idealism gave way to the dope-daze haze of the 70s--for all it's worth on Free Your Mind and Win a Pony, the duo's solid enough debut.
  4. Golden Animals do a remarkably impressive job of conjuring up just the kind of image they set out to do: floppy hatted, Afghan-coated drop outs singin' blue-eyed Blues as the acid gradually seeps out of their veins and into the foothills of the mesa.
  5. The guitar-drums duo format makes for a sizable nod to the White Stripes too, and delicately crafted songs such as Follow Me Down are interspersed with chugging psychedelic blues and a infectious, mescalin-around-the-campfire feel.
  6. Mojo
    So far they make phrases rather than lyrics and sounds rather than songs, but they have a nice semi-chaotic way about them. [Sep 2008, p.108]
  7. Uncut
    Their ragged eclecticism is a winning one, taking detours into Ry Cooder slide-country, beat-up folk and starry desert ballads. [Sep 2008, p.98]
  8. Eisner and Beecroft are both competent players and better-than average singers, but their songs just don’t stand out.

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