Warpaint

Warpaint - Warpaint
Critic Score
Based on 39 reviews
2014 Ratings: #398 / 975
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Based on 275 ratings
2014 Ratings: #176
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

Although it’s admittedly a patient listen, Warpaint plucks at a different petal each time through it in its entirety. It’s truly a triumph for a group of women whose colors are singular and run incredibly deep.

90
NME

If ‘The Fool’ presented them as ethereal hippies with musical nous, ‘Warpaint’ drives them forward as masters of their talent, seriously loaded with ambition and prowess.

85
The 405

Whether they're delivering something rocking, glistening or simply breathtaking, almost every song on this 12 track effort is a gem

85
The Line of Best Fit

It’s a different sound on Warpaint, that’s for sure, and though it’s friskier and more malevolent in nature – possibly even more damaged and/or emotionally ruptured – they’re far more open. 

80
The Skinny

Built on a drifting bed of hazy beats and coloured by Wayman’s spidery arpeggios, it’s far less immediate than their debut and demands real diligence from the listener.

80
The Fly

‘Warpaint’ smartly switches the emphasis to make the band’s secret weapon — the telepathic interplay between bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer Stella Mozgawa — the star of the show.

80
musicOMH

Warpaint appear to have found a sonic texture that befits their knack for writing elegant, sinuous songs, so for the most part the album flows perfectly.

80
DIY

Multitudes and wispy plumes in a thousand hues ooze out of every shape, simultaneously angsty, ethereal, shadowy, heavenly, dreamy, nightmarish, and unmistakably belonging to Warpaint.

80
AllMusic

Expansive and enveloping at the same time, this set of songs puts Warpaint's past and future in perfect balance -- one of the best things a band can do on their second album.

80
Paste

Warpaint is an album for feeling more than contemplating, music for the moment of experience. 

80
American Songwriter

Sensual vocals intertwine with menacing lyrics. Throbbing grooves swell alongside unsettling rhythms. Eerie atmospherics feel comforting at one moment yet gothic at another.

75
A.V. Club

Warpaint is a slicker, more relaxed outing from an already comfortable band that has been playing together for a decade. But it fades down the stretch, dulling the focus and strength of the first six songs and, ultimately, the whole record.

70
FACT Magazine

Whereas The Fool was inert and draft-y, Warpaint is insistent, dynamic and pressurised, carried along on an unbroken current of sustained tension and immersive mood.

70
PopMatters

Warpaint is an album that avoids the inevitable sophomore slump accusations because the band isn’t trying to replicate that first album. 

70
Under The Radar

Warpaint practically demands multiple listens for taking everything in. Where a song might call for a melodic core, rewards come in the unique ways Warpaint chooses to carry it.

70
Exclaim!

This discovery of quiet allows room for all the instruments to speak clearly, together and in turn, with plenty of space for Emily Kokal's siren vocal and multi-harmonic support from the rest of the band. 

70
Spin

The sonics here are lovingly crafted, the vibe mournful and lysergic. But goodness gracious does this thing wander around aimlessly in parts, like that friend who took too many mushrooms and won't come back to the party.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

Warpaint’s epiphanies are minor, its surprises few, but the general immutability alludes to vision rather than a lack of progress.

60
Drowned in Sound

Altogether, it’s a largely engaging affair with beguiling turns that ought to soothe a relentlessly knowing generation. But after tackling those lyrical tentacles, too often the listener’s prize is to grasp for the sweet redemption of a tune.

57
Pitchfork

For the most part, Warpaint take the path of lesser resistance, lapsing into the same layered coos that defined The Fool, but now that they’re mixed to be a focal point, the melodic inertia makes Warpaint’s 51 minutes feel three times as long.

50
No Ripcord

Warpaint are very much an Ikea act, not that that’s meant as a dig at their potential audience ... but rather as both are in the puzzling position of frequently pulling off genuine style and sophistication, but occasionally slipping up on the absolute basics. 

Houdanny
58
Production and instrumentation is generally enveloping and engaging, but the vocal/lyrical front leaves a fair bit to be desired. Warpaint have always been a band with a few great singles, but their albums don’t stick the landing as well as they could.

Standout: Hi
Favs: Love is to Die, Biggy
Least fav: Disco/Very
dabreuc
89
This album's a grower.
95
dreamy sounds
CheapandLethal
90
Superb
WildChameleon
65
Not bad but forgettable
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Added on: October 28, 2013