Not Animal

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  • Summary: The second album for the group is its first on the Epic label. A vinyl version named Animal! contains songs they preferred, whereas this album contains songs preferred by Epic.
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  1. 80
    Thier major label debut is drenched in the same warm sonic haze and bizarro imagery as Flaming Lips, but any weirdness comes in the service of the songs. [Nov 2008, p.98]
  2. Filter
    While Margot's musical aspirations are at times akin to the drama of Bright Eyes, Radiohead, Wilco and Arcade Fire, the lyrics of frontman Richard Edwards are its genuine definition. [Fall 2008, p.100]
  3. Alternative Press
    It doesn't quite have the emotional snap their debut so admirably possessed, but the musicians have an apparent precision of craft. [Jan 2008, p.125]
  4. Not Animal gets better as it progresses--the sparser, melancholic songs are pushed to the front, leaving the band's energetic material to bring up the rear--and Margot's sophomore album subsequently concludes on a high note, effectively masking any sour taste left by the band's battle with Epic Records.
  5. Not Animal is a more modest album that presents a shrewd view of Margot's strengths and weaknesses, indicating that the band is most successful when it doesn't try to be particularly complex.
  6. 60
    The album splits the difference between smart and smarty-pants: The articulate arrangements occasionally overdo the left-field instrumentation, and Richard Edwards’s empathetic short-story tales flirt with fussiness.
  7. It sounds like Broken Social Scene's members all broke up with their significant others and held a jam session on Saddle Creek Road. Morose, impeccably arranged, and monochromatic from start to finish, both incarnations of Animal are a perfect synthesis of indie-rock circa 2008.

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