Animal Joy

Shearwater - Animal Joy
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2012 Ratings: #284 / 946
User Score
Based on 18 ratings
February 14, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

Animal Joy, in its hunt for instinctual performance, comes close to the classic album Shearwater surely has in it

80
Drowned in Sound

Though harder, happier and a little more direct, Animal Joy is above all a Shearwater record: swooping, eloquent, concerned with nature.

70
musicOMH

Animal Joy maintains the quality of Shearwater’s earlier outings without quite taking things to the next level they’re eminently capable of achieving.

70
Under The Radar

Animal Joy is a record that sees the band retreating back to the tool shed and returning with a few new devices.

70
Consequence of Sound

The trio tosses musical Hail Mary’s and nails it almost every time, producing a record that’s life-affirming in its grandiosity.

69
Pitchfork

While being Shearwater's most accessible record by some margin, it isn't quite the best, and toward the record's back half, it begins to become clear why.

66
Beats Per Minute

It is difficult to imagine that we will still be listening in a few years if they don’t begin to veer slightly from the template that most of this album relies on.

60
PopMatters

Stripping away layers of orchestration and drama, the record exposes a muscular guitar- and drum-based simplicity lurking underneath, to mostly successful, albeit far more understated results.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#24/Slant

Track List

  1. Animal Life 
  2. Breaking the Yearlings 
  3. Dread Sovereign 
  4. You as You Were 
  5. Insolence 
  6. Immaculate 
  7. Open Your Houses 
  8. Run the Banner Down 
  9. Pushing the River 
  10. Believing Makes It Easy 
  11. Star of the Age
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Added on: November 9, 2011