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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from Baltimore-based Animal Collective features a nearly 22-minute-long track.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
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  1. Uncut
    Sep 26, 2023
    Even better [than Time Skiffs]: consistently inventive rather than merely quirky, it makes sincere effort to get to the emotional core of what they do. [Nov 2023, p.25]
  2. Oct 2, 2023
    This newest effort is more interested in exploration than invention. Like following the development of a Miyazaki, there’s a sense of wonder to a fantastical realm, which harmonises in a dreamlike logic. Emotional archeology, for beginners and experts alike, it resides among the group’s five best efforts.
  3. 80
    Most albums would capsize under weight of a colossus like “Defeat”, a seamless combination of disembodied, sweet yet wounded underwater harmonies, drone-fueled introspection and outbreaks of mellow yet exuberant rhythmic mantras (which echo the Grateful Dead at their most joyously lively) that doesn’t waste a second despite its marathon 22-minute duration. However, the rest of Isn’t It Now? lives up to the outsized expectations created by its centrepiece.
  4. Sep 26, 2023
    Albums like Feel, Strawberry Jam and Merriweather Post Pavilion are typically considered Animal Collective's best works, yet they all lack the sustained presence of Isn't It Now? Lord only knows if it's the impact of Elevado or simply 20-odd years of musical chemistry coalescing into something new, but however it happened, Animal Collective found the now sound.
  5. The Wire
    Nov 7, 2023
    A band aware of where they’ve been but also reconnected and plotting a future. [Nov 2023, p.46]
  6. Sep 26, 2023
    The breathtakingly gorgeous “Stride Rite” is about as pensive as Animal Collective has ever been. Composed of a myriad of cascading piano chords, the song amounts to an eerie, ethereal experience about the many heartbreaks that come with maturation, one expressed with a level of clarity that’s sorely lacking from the rest of Isn’t It Now?
  7. Oct 19, 2023
    Isn’t It Now? summarizes some of their best attributes. It also shines a harsh light on their self-circumscribed limits.

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