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  • Summary: After several years of going by the name (Sandy) Alex G, the Philadelphia-based artist returns to his original stage name Alex G for his ninth full-length studio release.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    With ‘God Save The Animals’, these genre-resistant idiosyncrasies remain, though a few moments shine through with newfound clarity and vulnerability. Across the diverse and consistently excellent 13-track record, he hops between styles, perspectives and energies with abandon.
  2. 90
    Though it feels glued together by the seams, God Save The Animals, like the best Alex G efforts, eventually reveals an almost impossible cohesiveness – a slightly off-kilter haze where a smouldering heart shines for others to lean into.
  3. Sep 20, 2022
    90
    Alex G is a genius at crafting intimately familiar feelings while injecting off-kilter miscues that satisfy the oddball compulsions living in our heads. The level of restraint routinely becomes unbalanced in an instant, yet the results are more reassuring than anxiety-inducing.
  4. Sep 23, 2022
    84
    On his latest album, God Save the Animals, he wrings strange beauty from our non-human companions, grappling with innocence and its discontents through their saucer-eyed stares. God Save the Animals stands out for its moments of sharp lyrical simplicity.
  5. Sep 23, 2022
    80
    On God Save The Animals, Alex G creates his best music to date. The textures are as complex as its lyrical content and it’s all strung together beautifully through intricate piano sections. Throughout this album, we see calculated risks pay off in a major way to create a colorful yet challenging album and one that requires multiple listens to fully understand Alex G’s end goal.
  6. Sep 21, 2022
    80
    It’s a testament to his talents that he can produce an album that encapsulates his weird and beautiful world, which is full of more questions than answers.
  7. Mojo
    Sep 21, 2022
    60
    The inventiveness on display is undeniably impressive, but the process sometimes hides a little too much of the artist behind it. [Nov 2022, p.86]

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  1. Sep 24, 2022
    10
    By far one of Alex G's best albums yet; every song is well composed, emotional and rich with atmosphere and texture.
  2. Sep 24, 2022
    10
    one of the greatest artists of our generation. beautiful album with hopeful poignancy.
  3. Sep 23, 2022
    9
    Still need time to settle on this record. But man, the strange experimentation between folk/almost hyperpop-esc ballads is quite sensational.Still need time to settle on this record. But man, the strange experimentation between folk/almost hyperpop-esc ballads is quite sensational. Fascinating record that has some of Alex's best written/produced songs to date. Highly recommend giving this one a listen. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2022
    8
    What a complex beast. A zillion voices, zillions of instruments/percussion, and mysterious references/storylines. No way to digest this inWhat a complex beast. A zillion voices, zillions of instruments/percussion, and mysterious references/storylines. No way to digest this in one sitting. Everything sounds beautiful, piano, various creaks. Singing is great. Effects are enriching. It must have been a challenge to make this feel cohesive. I’m thinking Brand New mixed with alt-J, recent Bon Iver, and Teen Suicide. Confident, experimental, bonkers. No standout songs…just enjoy wading through the pool. Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2022
    7
    Faithful hazy guitar's, auto tune and the love of animals in the hands of alex g make a compelling collaboration. It's an admirable fleshingFaithful hazy guitar's, auto tune and the love of animals in the hands of alex g make a compelling collaboration. It's an admirable fleshing out of all the things Alex has done best. The leading "runner"s anxiety or "no bitterness" folky Americana . This record feels like a sweet in-between of the coutry Americana of "rockets" and bizzare folktronica of "house of sugar" . A really good record on par if not better than the rest of his enigmatic catalogue. Expand