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The Fool

Warpaint

The Fool

Debut album of psychedelic indie from the hotly tipped LA-based all-girl quartet.

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Rough Trade
UK Release date
25/10/2010
  1. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The Fool blends celebrated genres effortlessly, and in doing so creates something that is as unprecedented as it is unpredictable. This is without a doubt a late contender for album of the yea
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  2. 9.0 |   NME

    The shimmering, vast production reverberates as if off blank skyscraper faces
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  3. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It might not be the best first album I have heard this year, but Warpaint has the highest ceiling of the lot
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Fool is a stellar debut where you’d have to be pretty much musically inept not to get lost in
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  5. 9.0 |   The Fly

    Whilst their virtuous instrumental work is impressive, it’s when the girls’ voices come together as one that Warpaint truly shine
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  6. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    One can only wait in anticipation of what these women will fashion next, following this: one of 2010’s best albums
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  7. 8.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Warpaint’s most immediate attraction (musically) is the cool, confident vocal style of lead-singer Emily Kokal
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  8. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    With a torpid and feverish dreaminess, the all-female quartet stretches skeletal dirges into tribal celebrations of night, death, and revenge
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    An ebbing, flowing curio with pleasures that outweigh its hazier frustrations
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    Standout Undertow bears comparison with recent tourmates The XX. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    A sparse triumph of ethereal, experimental jams
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  12. 8.0 |   State

    The overall effect of Warpaint’s spectral soundscapes is that of navel-gazing, cloud-spotting beauty sparring with psychedelic sonic brutality
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It's the consistent sensuality of Warpaint's sound that makes them mesmerise
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  14. 8.0 |   music OMH

    If you're willing to put the time in, this could easily live up to the hype
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  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This band's charms are elusive, indeed, but uniquely compelling. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   BBC

    Nine songs and 47 minutes long, their album debut feels like wandering through desert plains and darkened streets, tumbleweed at your feet and in your brain
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  17. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Even if borderline indescribable, it makes sense out of the outlandish and turns it into artfully dexterous
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  18. 7.5 |   Prefix

    Warpaint comes off as an awfully confident band, one you should be listening to more often
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  19. 7.5 |   Bowlegs

    Despite their years and glossy image, Warpaint are a band with dark hearts and an attitude borne of digging in your heels
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  20. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    A nine-song seance of an album that's as subtle as it is disquieting
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  21. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Shoe gazin’, pot chuffin’, garage band janglin’ indie
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  22. 7.0 |   Culture Deluxe

    The songs seem to float in and out of different structures and sections really show an inventiveness that is so easily overlooked
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  23. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    At it's almost like you've come across a tape Warpaint made for themselves and themselves only. Whether this is beguiling or frustrating is up to the individual listener
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  24. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Often sounds like it was assembled by a spectacularly talented committee, like the minutes of the recording sessions are probably filed away in a sterile LA duplex somewhere
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  25. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Everything that made their debut EP so enchanting is here and used to good effect
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  26. 7.0 |   Clash

    There is a hypnotic atmosphere throughout
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  27. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Dreamy, faintly pagan psychedelia, their tumbling vocal harmonies undercut by inexorable, tidal bass. Print edition only

  28. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    They aren’t doing anything new, but they’re an oft-beguiling curio
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  29. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    The Fool is too unwilling at points to get off its exhausted arse, and really make you care about it
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  30. 6.0 |   AU Review

    There’s a lack of conviction, oomph, pizzazz. Call it what you will but breathy vocals, swirling guitars, clichéd themes and surfing along a wave of potential without taking a real dip will only get you so far
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