The Fool - Warpaint
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  • Summary: The LA-based indie band's album continues its excursion into experimental rock infused with psychedelic soundscapes and dreamy, melodic vocals.
  • Record Label: Rough Trade
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Dream Pop, Psychedelic/Garage
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    Their stupendous debut full-length, The Fool, triangulates Moon Pix–era Cat Power's ghostly, morbid, gorgeous bedroom folk with the Slits' lithe, muscular post-punk.
  2. Nov 17, 2010
    With a hypnotic sound, magical mood and some Cat Power-inspired fairy-like vocals, L.A. based Warpaint has created a debut album to fall in love with-and to.
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    The beautiful skeleton of a shoe-gazing album.
  4. Nov 1, 2010
    Warpaint is Chillwave rendered Actual via the performance of actual instruments, rendered Credible via the presence of an actual rhythm section, full of big austere drums interwoven with deeply locked-in bass lines, and rendered Sexy via the music's performance by real life, actually sexy, adult humans.
  5. Dec 23, 2010
    They instead favor the resplendence of melody and an astonishing grasp of songwriting prowess, and the overall effect is dazzling. [Year End 2010, p.74]
  6. Oct 29, 2010
    The Fool often sounds like it was assembled by a spectacularly talented committee, like the minutes of the recording sessions are probably filed away in a sterile LA duplex somewhere.
  7. Oct 27, 2010
    While The Fool has clear focus and crafts a particular sound, the music fails to resonate emotionally.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 9, 2012
    Very beautiful and dreamlike; borderline psychedelic. Some very skilled drums and almost haunting vocals. I look very much forward to the next release. Expand
  2. Jun 14, 2011
    I've been in love with this album for a month or so now. It radiates an atmosphere that gets your attention and puts you through your own paces without compromise. One minute it's haunting and reflective, making you try and shed some light on the decisions you've made and the lives you might have affected, and the next it's comforting and full of consolation that whatever path you have trodden thus far has indeed been the right one. Beautiful vocals, excellent guitar riffs, and more heart and soul than ten albums that occupy the top reaches of the charts. An exceptional debut... Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    Warpaint is an all girl psychedelic rock band. That alone is pretty sweet. It took me repeated listens to understand and appreciate the music they're displaying, but wow. They are a great band. All In All, The Fool is a great debut album and I can't wait for their next release. B+ Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2010
    If you want to experience a virtual rarity in today's music biz, look no further than Warpaint. Four lasses from L.A. who are also REAL musicians in every sense. Great players, nice vocals, exquisitely crafted yet simple songs and a strong sense of identity. The Fool is an outstanding piece of work from a quartet who will hopefully go places in a world where women are judged by either the T&A factor or how "weird" (Gaga) they happen to be image-wise. These ladies are the real thing, and individuality is what allows them to stand out from the rest of the crowd of indie bands and girl groups out there. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2012
    I first saw this band at the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland. I was impressed with their unique style. They
  6. Nov 2, 2010
    Well crafted tracks that make some emotional penetration. Great vocals, solid album.
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    Thankfully, we didnâ