Warpaint

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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Los Angeles indie rock band was produced with Flood
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Love Is to Die
Your eyes stare Am I humble as I go I'm holding in tight To something long as I go Am I humble as I go I found a way To look towards this day But it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. 91
    Although it’s admittedly a patient listen, Warpaint plucks at a different petal each time through it in its entirety. It’s truly a triumph for a group of women whose colors are singular and run incredibly deep.
  2. 80
    Producer Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Rós) maintains the band’s raw appeal but lightly varnishes the sound to make the music’s intricacies truly glow amidst the atmospherics.
  3. 80
    They have indeed created an album that is ultimately rewarding and full of musical promise.
  4. Jan 17, 2014
    70
    All in all, it’s as if the watery concoction of before has been distilled into a potent musical treacle--richer in atmosphere, sharper, artistically decisive and intoxicating.
  5. Jan 21, 2014
    70
    This album is the first time that all of the band members have worked together on creating songs, and it makes a significant difference in their sound without disturbing the band’s core.
  6. Jan 29, 2014
    60
    Given the earthier sonic aesthetic of the band’s previous LP, the gauzy mist of Warpaint may be hard to accept at first, but given time, the record’s sensuality becomes clear, making it more of a next step than a radical rethink.
  7. Jan 21, 2014
    40
    Too much of this music is just hip, well-connected (you can Google their amorous partners, current and former) aural wallpaper, gossamer and murky by turns, undoubtedly very pleasant in an altered state but frustratingly unmemorable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  1. Jul 12, 2016
    9
    One of the most amazing rhythm sections I've ever heard. Jenny Lee's bass rips on this record and as always the vocal harmonies areOne of the most amazing rhythm sections I've ever heard. Jenny Lee's bass rips on this record and as always the vocal harmonies are enchanting. This feels like the most complete album Warpaint has made to date and I can't wait to hear how they've progressed on the new album. Expand
  2. Jan 25, 2014
    8
    I don't know, I think this album is amazing. Has lots of great tunes and just a few **** songs. "Love Is To Die" and "Teese" sound lovely. II don't know, I think this album is amazing. Has lots of great tunes and just a few **** songs. "Love Is To Die" and "Teese" sound lovely. I would even say that "Warpaint" is their best effort so far. Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2014
    7
    Warpaint's self titled 2nd album was one of my most anticipated of 2014. I was a big fan of 2010's The Fool and their debut Exquisite CorpseWarpaint's self titled 2nd album was one of my most anticipated of 2014. I was a big fan of 2010's The Fool and their debut Exquisite Corpse EP. I can't help but feel this is a little bit of a sophomore slump though. Warpaint sticks with their tried and true formula of skeletal post-rock guitars, tight grooving rhythms and ethereal harmonies sounding like witches chanting. It almost does cast a spell on the listener. The production is great and I liked the touches of synthesizer thrown in that gives added texture to the songs. The band sounds better than ever, but after repeated listens I found myself missing the hooks and melodies from their previous records. There's no guitar hooks as memorable as Elephants or vocal melodies like Undertow that leave you humming hours later. They come close on several tracks in the first half of this album and that may be enough for hardcore fans. Expand
  4. May 20, 2015
    7
    This is a very solid album, with some very notable tracks including, "Keep it Healthy," "Love is to Die," and "Disco//very," but there areThis is a very solid album, with some very notable tracks including, "Keep it Healthy," "Love is to Die," and "Disco//very," but there are more than a few tracks that don't really stay in my head as much as all of the songs on their previous album. If you're a fan of Warpaint, purchasing the album is worth it though. It's definitely not their best or most significant work to date as a complete LP. Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2014
    6
    I found this album to be a significant let down from previous EP and Full length. The songs meander and move like mollasses without muchI found this album to be a significant let down from previous EP and Full length. The songs meander and move like mollasses without much progress and propulsive. the music sounds like it's on cruise control and sadly doesn't give the impression that they were very impassioned by the album. Really too bad, if they could've continued growing from their previous releases they really could have had something remarkable here. Expand
  6. CFM
    Jan 21, 2014
    5
    I started to have concerns with this new album when guitarist/vocalist Theresa Wayman stated that previous albums were "totally crammed" withI started to have concerns with this new album when guitarist/vocalist Theresa Wayman stated that previous albums were "totally crammed" with "too much instrumentation" and "We leant towards things we thought were sexier". There were rave reactions on YouTube to `love is to die' with its key change chorus but it left me rather unimpressed. Most of the songs have stripped out guitars leaving the vocals, bass, and drums to carry the songs. Guitars lazily jiggle in then out but on many tracks they have largely been replaced with synthesizer. It is certainly a new direction for Warpaint and the first time all four members have written music together.

    Personally, I like 'Feeling Alright' where this new focus works extremely well with its subdued dubstep bass line leading into the tracks 'CC' and 'Drive'. Unlike previous releases there is a lack of urgency and rawness and at times this new direction just simply does not work. Most of the album is one toned and drifts rather aimlessly going nowhere which in the end lacks anything that will remotely stir your senses. Listen in comparison to Braids ‘In Kind’ where drifting, electronic + guitar can mix to produce something magical.

    Nothing on this release comes close to matching the brilliance of 'Majesty', 'Beetles', 'Elephants' or 'Undertow’. The band may have advanced technically in recording and production techniques but in the end we have an album that's rather too easy listening and completely forgettable.
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  7. Apr 23, 2014
    4
    Way less hazy than their previous effort, which nice. Some beautiful moments here, the opening track, Love is to Die, and my favorite,Way less hazy than their previous effort, which nice. Some beautiful moments here, the opening track, Love is to Die, and my favorite, Disco//Very. But overall, im not really impressed, more impressed with what it's trying to be, than what it really is. Kinda feels like a bland or stale take of Smashing Pumpkins, Portishead or Massive Attack. So drained in feeling, or emotional. Meh overall. Expand

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