- The Painters EP

Animal Collective - The Painters EP
CRITIC SCORE
63
Based on 3 reviews
USER SCORE
69
Based on
36 ratings

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80
The Independent

As the mixed reviews for last year’s Painting With album suggested, a little goes a long way with Animal Collective. Which makes The Painters, a four-track EP of outtakes from the same sessions, possibly the perfect Animal Collective release.

61
Pitchfork

While it’s a reasonably compelling elaboration on its predecessor’s synth-splattering aesthetic, it’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind about this version of the group’s sound.

50
God Is in the TV

Like with its full-length counterpart, this is an EP that abounds with ideas, but they often clash against each other when vying for the listener’s attention.

exception
70
Better than the majority of what was on Painting With, but Animal Collective still tries to hard to be "weird" with their annoying instrumentation and unnecessarily changing vocal inflections. Jimmy Mack is a great pop song, and Goalkeeper is pretty good as well, but Kinda Bonkers is what would be one of the more mediocre songs on PW and Peacemaker is just bad.
bitterblossom12
67
Pleasantly Surprised. Short and sweet, liked it better than Painting With, was more chill and not so claustrophobic, thought Goalkeeper was the best track.

Full review: https://reviewsbybitterblossom.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/animal-collective-the-painters-ep/
frienderman
69
Seems like a rushed afterthought to an underwhelming album
Zkull
70
They're all good songs, especially Kinda Bonkers and Peacemaker. Jimmy Mack brought in some well needed energy, though not nearly as exciting as Floridada.
SeaBass
71
It's a smattering of songs, none too bad, the last one I really enjoyed (Jimmy Mack). It achieves the fun you want from Animal Collective in quite a few moments, while keeping it short. A honing of their previous LP, not a new direction or radically betting.
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