• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2022
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  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. Sep 20, 2022
    100
    It’s his most sonically consistent record, with beautiful textural piano underlying almost every song.
  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 20, 2022
    90
    God Save the Animals feels like a culmination of Alex G’s work to date, encompassing the murkiness of his early songs, the rootsiness of 2017’s Rocket, and the eclecticism of 2019’s House of Sugar. It’s an emotionally and spiritually rewarding effort.
  5. 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.
  6. Sep 20, 2022
    87
    Alex G’s ability to widen the aperture of his work with each album, and not alienate his audience, speaks to just how much he’s able to pinpoint and define what stands out within his work. God Save the Animals is just the latest reminder that, as his tastes expand, so too does his sonic palate.
  7. Sep 23, 2022
    85
    God Save the Animals’ production approaches are understated compared to those employed in previous work yet still precisely rendered. What stand out – prominently and unabashedly – are Alex’s impeccably crafted and irresistibly delivered songs.
  8. 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.
  9. Sep 26, 2022
    80
    For the most part it’s a rich and deftly arranged work, and though there’s a warmth that can sometimes border on cloying, he cuts through with chaos and levity.
  10. 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.
  11. Sep 22, 2022
    80
    An album that, if challenging, successfully mixes religious motifs with a balance of tactile, earthbound textures and hypnotically dreamy, alien atmospheres.
  12. 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.
  13. Uncut
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    The album maintains its hallucinatory aura throughout; it’s a dazzling aural anime from a wildly original artist. [Oct 2022, p.29]
  14. Sep 20, 2022
    80
    While the singles may be his most commercially appealing to date, he never once loses integrity or his aural signature as an artist.
  15. 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]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »