The Painters EP

Animal Collective - The Painters EP
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Based on 5 reviews
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Based on 86 ratings
2017 Ratings: #479
February 17, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

80
The 405

What sets The Painters apart is its concision, clocking in at just 13 minutes. Usually, Avey, Panda, (Deak,) and Geo are unafraid to let their songs extend into infinity. Here, hooks are paramount.

70
Exclaim!

Animal Collective exchange the watery ambience and noisy abrasion that coloured past successful albums for drier and more present percussion, shorter and more immediate songs, and a new fascination with hocketing vocals.

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.
TheBravesDH
69
For a band that had become known for pushing boundaries in terms of quality and/or experimentation on EPs, this came off as quite a meh. A couple of these tracks could've been swapped with a couple from Painting With and made that experience better.
Plats
70
I guess it’s a bit better than “Painting With” in terms of variety but the tracklist can feel rushed at times.

Kinda Bonkers: 7
Peacemaker: 8
Goalkeeper: 4
Jimmy Mack: 9

Score:
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JulianGomez974
68
Animal Collective keeps it weird and surprisingly boring on the companion EP to their latest effort Painting With, which was just as underwhelming as this new material.

Fav tracks: Jimmy Mack.
Least fav track: Kinda Bonkers.
GPellizzon
65
Painting With gone... right?!
Surprisingly good, even though there are only 4 tracks and one of them is disgustingly bad (Goalkeeper)
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Track List

  1. Kinda Bonkers
  2. Peacemaker
  3. Goalkeeper
  4. Jimmy Mack
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