12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The tenth album from fearless kitchen-sink experimentalists Animal Collective builds on a sound the band first explored on 2012’s Centipede Hz: bouncy, busy, colorful psych-pop for a post-guitar generation. Opening with the most immediate song they’ve ever recorded (“FloriDada”), Painting With strips away the meandering naturalism of Sung Tongs and the cavernous ambience of Merriweather Post Pavilion for a carbonated, synth-heavy sound conjuring '50s sci-fi soundtracks (“Hocus Pocus”), '80s video-game music (“The Burglars”), and something from just beyond tomorrow (“Lying in the Grass”). It’s an album that retains the band’s idiosyncratic sweetness while managing to be unusually direct.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The tenth album from fearless kitchen-sink experimentalists Animal Collective builds on a sound the band first explored on 2012’s Centipede Hz: bouncy, busy, colorful psych-pop for a post-guitar generation. Opening with the most immediate song they’ve ever recorded (“FloriDada”), Painting With strips away the meandering naturalism of Sung Tongs and the cavernous ambience of Merriweather Post Pavilion for a carbonated, synth-heavy sound conjuring '50s sci-fi soundtracks (“Hocus Pocus”), '80s video-game music (“The Burglars”), and something from just beyond tomorrow (“Lying in the Grass”). It’s an album that retains the band’s idiosyncratic sweetness while managing to be unusually direct.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

MeisChristian ,

5/5 mastapeece

if you are wondering if this will be a good album.... it will be. just dont buy it from here. go to domino records and buy the album cover you want. choose between Avey, Panda, or Geo.

Shibby_Dude :D ,

Pretty Disappointing

Just finished a whole listen through and I can't say I'm thrilled. The two songs they released before the album, "Floridada" and "Lying in the Grass" we're pretty awesome and had me hyped up. But it seemed that they knew which two to pick considering the rest of the album was a bit boring. The songs just kinda moped around and overstayed their welcome. While there were some neat parts to the album, they were overshadowed by a lot of uninteresting, weird electronics. The vocal melodies, also, were not as plentiful as I had envisioned them to be. I'll give it another go later, maybe it'll grow on me. But yeah.. I'm very let down with this right now.

iamtheadman ,

My Favorite Animal Collective Yet

As with all art, music is 100% subjective, so I can only speak to my own experience. That said, I haven’t enjoyed an entire album this much in a long time. I find “Painting With” a lot of fun to listen to and very addictive. As someone who loves Avey Tare’s and Panda Bear's harmonies and full, layered vocals, “Painting With” pushes all the right buttons. To me, it feels like an evolution of Merriweather Post Pavilion, which is a great thing. I can’t say that anyone else will like it as much as I do, but for what it’s worth, I think it’s great and am very glad I purchased it.

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