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  • Summary: The EP series from the indie rock band released over the past few months is collected together as a 20-track compilation that features a different member taking lead vocals on the each of the four EPs.
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  1. 90
    This album is fun to listen to. The songs breeze by. It’s a 20 track album which feels half the length and the Dirty Projectors are now resolutely a band, and a band reborn.
  2. Nov 20, 2020
    In allowing others back into the fray and stripping their sound, Longstreth has once again tapped into what made the band so engrossing in the first place. 5EPs feels like a restart, a long and considered exhale.
  3. Dec 3, 2020
    Some listeners may prefer to only focus on one or two chapters in this series, but 5EPS confirms that all of them make the grade, individually and collectively.
  4. Nov 18, 2020
    Taken together, the EPs function as a grab bag of Dirty Projectors’s collaborative strengths and interests, affirming their indie bona fides in a new form.
  5. Rolling Stone
    Dec 17, 2020
    Has everything from alt-pop to futurist pop and Joao Gilberto homages - all cleverly retouched. [Dec 2020, p.70]
  6. Nov 18, 2020
    5EPs is the first time this seemingly interminable project has felt completely approachable, rather than yet another informational overload in this swirling year. And though it highlights each performer’s unique strengths, it sometimes obscures the new members’ talents under tried-and-true Dirty Projectors sounds.
  7. Mojo
    Nov 18, 2020
    Naturally, it's a disjointed exercise, but consumed at one sitting, 5EPs also makes perfect sense, showcasing how each part contributes to the whole. [Jan 2021, p.83]
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