Idealistic Animals - Dear Reader
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 24, 2012
    70
    A quirky and sincere collection.
  2. Jan 24, 2012
    70
    It's far from perfect, but Dear Reader's Idealistic Animals is undoubtedly a bold second album, with the almost cathartic outpouring from MacNeil giving it an unnerving and eerie beauty.
  3. Jan 24, 2012
    60
    These Aesop-style animal-themed fables combine elegantly quirky orchestral chamber-pop arrangements with barbed and knotted lyrics. [Feb 2012, p.84]
  4. 40
    Musically, it's nowhere near as life-changing as its subject matter, but MacNeil's mortality menagerie make cute enough companions in the void.
  5. Jan 24, 2012
    40
    This insistence on maxing out on subplot, comes at the expense of an initially intriguing premise and, ultimately, your attention span.

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