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Album Review: Animal Collective – Painting With

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If you’ve been keeping up with Animal Collective and their creative envelop pushing sound since the beginning of Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) and Avey Tare (David Portner) debut Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanish, then you were like me and many other AnCo fans alike, not entirely sure what to expect from their next project as a whole. The experimental psychedelic pop collective from Baltimore have recently released their tenth studio album Painting With which is the follow-up to their 2012 release Centipede Hz. After the release of Centipede Hz many fans and critics alike started to worry about the direction that AnCo would head. Luckily, there is no need to worry since they’ve completely ditched the cluttered instrumentation from their prior release and have heavily focused on more of a proper structure for their individual tracks. With this notable emphasis of structure on the new LP, Painting With has to be one of Animal Collective’s most accessible releases to date. With that said, however, it also pans out to be one of their more underwhelming ones as well.

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