Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Oct 25, 2010
    60
    The Fool has flashes of brilliance, but Warpaint need to play to their strengths consistently.
  2. 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.
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    78
    Restraint is what makes The Fool so smart.
  4. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    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.
  5. Nov 3, 2010
    54
    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.
  6. Oct 25, 2010
    70
    There's enough promise and originality within the current scene to merit considerable credibility.
  7. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    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.
  8. Nov 1, 2010
    79
    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.
  9. Oct 29, 2010
    70
    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.
  10. Oct 26, 2010
    50
    The Fool brims with potential for something more substantial, but never confronts those depths.
  11. Nov 17, 2010
    82
    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.
  12. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    The beautiful skeleton of a shoe-gazing album.
  13. Nov 5, 2010
    80
    This band's charms are elusive, indeed, but uniquely compelling. [Dec. 2010, p. 99]
  14. Oct 28, 2010
    80
    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.
  15. 90
    Warpaint's is a different darkness, not delighting in splendour or show, but in deftly exploring a bleak internal, romantically bereft landscape.
  16. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    The Fool rewards at almost every step of the way with its experimental touches.
  17. Oct 27, 2010
    40
    While The Fool has clear focus and crafts a particular sound, the music fails to resonate emotionally.
  18. Nov 3, 2010
    80
    The Fool, which took nearly six years to finalize, incorporates coastal psych and voluminous noise-pop with a dash of Spector-flecked harmonies.
  19. Oct 29, 2010
    72
    While The Fool doesn't fully capture their brain-melded performances, it's a worthy simulacrum.
  20. Nov 4, 2010
    70
    The Fool spends eight tracks scaling the mountain and the ninth jumping off.
  21. Oct 27, 2010
    75
    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.
  22. Nov 5, 2010
    80
    Brooding is the word for their claustrophobic jams, forged on skeletal guitar lines and smothered in reverb. [Dec. 2010, p. 112]
  23. Oct 27, 2010
    70
    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.
  24. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    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.
  25. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    Shimmering psychedelic post-punk to get lost into.
  26. Oct 26, 2010
    83
    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.
  27. Oct 27, 2010
    88
    The Fool feels like a séance, with guitarist Emily Kokal and her fellow female vocalists focusing their ghostly calls on a mysterious you.
  28. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    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.
  29. Dec 20, 2010
    70
    Warpaint's songs are pensive and elegiac, transmuting the jabs of yesteryear into folky incantations.
  30. Oct 26, 2010
    70
    In spite of its shortcomings, this is a strong first record.
  31. Oct 29, 2010
    60
    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]
  32. Dec 23, 2010
    70
    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]
  33. Dec 22, 2010
    90
    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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 9, 2012
    9
    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 »
  2. Oct 3, 2011
    6
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  3. Nov 2, 2010
    8
    Well crafted tracks that make some emotional penetration. Great vocals, solid album.