Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Oct 25, 2010
    The Fool has flashes of brilliance, but Warpaint need to play to their strengths consistently.
  2. Nov 4, 2010
    The Fool spends eight tracks scaling the mountain and the ninth jumping off.
  3. Oct 29, 2010
    While The Fool doesn't fully capture their brain-melded performances, it's a worthy simulacrum.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 29, 2010
    Their The Fool traces out similar shapes as east coast cousins Effi Briest: dreamy, faintly pagan psychedelia, their tumbling vocal harmonies, undercut by inexorable, tidal bass. Their softly-softly approach does breed some earworms, though. [Dec 2010, p.104]
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 5, 2010
    Brooding is the word for their claustrophobic jams, forged on skeletal guitar lines and smothered in reverb. [Dec. 2010, p. 112]
  6. Mojo
    Nov 5, 2010
    This band's charms are elusive, indeed, but uniquely compelling. [Dec. 2010, p. 99]
  7. Oct 27, 2010
    The real action on Warpaint's full-length debut happens in the tension between the music's ethereal boil and singer-guitarist Emily Kokal's lyrical evocations of all-too-human anxiousness.
  8. 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.
  9. Under The Radar
    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]
  10. Oct 21, 2010
    There is something subtly contrary about this band: their most enigmatic song bears the name Warpaint, while their least-composed song – which opens in a fury of shouted vocals and uncoils in a meandering jam of slowly detuned guitars – is called Composure.
  11. 90
    Warpaint's is a different darkness, not delighting in splendour or show, but in deftly exploring a bleak internal, romantically bereft landscape.
  12. Oct 28, 2010
    While not perfect, The Fool is a very promising début that grows in stature on every listen. If you're willing to put the time in, this could easily live up to the hype.
  13. Oct 26, 2010
    Despite all evidence to the contrary over the past 30 years, post-punk doesn't have to be built out of cold, sharp angles. The Fool, the full-length debut by Los Angeles' Warpaint, coasts instead on a humid, hazy, oozing pulse that's less ice age and more malarial swamp.
  14. Oct 21, 2010
    The Fool is built on Joy Division's post-punk low end, moody chords, droning vocals, and doomy lyrics, but it's more than a tribute.
  15. Nov 3, 2010
    The Fool, which took nearly six years to finalize, incorporates coastal psych and voluminous noise-pop with a dash of Spector-flecked harmonies.
  16. Oct 26, 2010
    In spite of its shortcomings, this is a strong first record.
  17. Oct 27, 2010
    While The Fool has clear focus and crafts a particular sound, the music fails to resonate emotionally.
  18. Oct 26, 2010
    The Fool brims with potential for something more substantial, but never confronts those depths.
  19. Oct 27, 2010
    The Fool rewards at almost every step of the way with its experimental touches.
  20. Oct 27, 2010
    In the end, The Fool's success comes in not cutting corners. No moment here settles for the cheap thrill, and in building these songs -- carefully,and each with its own distinct materials -- Warpaint comes off as an awfully confident band, one you should be listening to more often.
  21. Oct 25, 2010
    There's enough promise and originality within the current scene to merit considerable credibility.
  22. Oct 25, 2010
    Nine songs and 47 minutes long, their album debut feels like wandering through desert plains and darkened streets, tumbleweed at your feet and in your brain.
  23. Dec 20, 2010
    Warpaint's songs are pensive and elegiac, transmuting the jabs of yesteryear into folky incantations.
  24. Oct 28, 2010
    Restraint is what makes The Fool so smart.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Oct 27, 2010
    Shimmering psychedelic post-punk to get lost into.
  28. 70
    While able to raise the hair on the back of your neck, The Fool, like many monstrous creations, sometimes lacks the necessary intelligence to be fully alive.
  29. Oct 27, 2010
    The Fool feels like a séance, with guitarist Emily Kokal and her fellow female vocalists focusing their ghostly calls on a mysterious you.
  30. Nov 3, 2010
    Willowy Los Angeles art-rock group Warpaint summons a remarkably heady atmosphere on its debut album, The Fool, which follows a buzzed-about EP released last year on Los Angeles-based indie Manimal Vinyl.
  31. 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.
  32. Jan 11, 2011
    With a sound that comes off as natural, Warpaint represents a much needed departure from the ubiquity of synth-pop, and The Fool is a welcome detour.
  33. Nov 4, 2010
    The beautiful skeleton of a shoe-gazing album.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. May 20, 2015
    This album is amazing! Each track is its own distinctive character with a lot of personality. Tracks will get stuck in your head, and youThis album is amazing! Each track is its own distinctive character with a lot of personality. Tracks will get stuck in your head, and you won't know why, but you just have to keep listening. This to me is very much the sound of controlled chaos, which is something I always look for in music. Full Review »
  2. Apr 9, 2012
    Very beautiful and dreamlike; borderline psychedelic. Some very skilled drums and almost haunting vocals. I look very much forward to theVery beautiful and dreamlike; borderline psychedelic. Some very skilled drums and almost haunting vocals. I look very much forward to the next release. Full Review »
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    Thankfully, we didnâ