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The Animal Spirits

James Holden & The Animal Spirits

The Animal Spirits

Third full-length release from the Exeter, Devon-born electronica DJ and producer

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    One of the most complex, immersive and impressive albums of the year
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Dramatic, colourful and Holden’s fullest-sounding work yet, ‘The Animal Spirits’ is another positive mutation for a musician who, you sense, is only just getting going
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    Throughout it all Holden acts as the pivot, his layered production and soundmixing the epicentre providing the lucidity and poise which withholds such dashing pluralism from disarray
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    It’s a series of rave palimpsests where something is a bit Vangelis, a bit Guru Josh, a bit theme from The Equalizer
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The Animal spirits is earthy and tactile. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Fans of his early output will continue to wonder why he's forsaken immaculate prog house so completely: those up for the trip, conversely, will just be keen to know where he's headed next. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A bewitching brew of experimental jazz, droning electronics and raw, progressive rock. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    The Animal Spirits is as close as he's come to transcendence
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    Spiritual but not ethereal, wild yet also mesmerising in its focus, it is an impressive testament to Holden’s artistic restlessness
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  10. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A triumph that makes rigidly electronic textures seem so last year
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  11. 8.0 |   Crack

    Aesthetically the trappings may have changed, but The Animal Spirits is James Holden in head-turningly impressive form, applying his mind to a new modality and conjuring up beautiful, baroque and beguiling results
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  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    On his third LP, James Holden establishes a sound wholly his own, allowing The Animal Spirits' gorgeous, absorbing and wonderfully unkempt mix of psych, jazz, folk and electronic to infiltrate the listener's psyche
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  13. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Electronic producer James Holden has remade himself into a bandleader on his new album—a collection of self-described “folk-trance” recorded with improv ensemble the Animal Spirits
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  14. 7.0 |   Mixmag

    With a new band alongside him, he fills ‘The Animal Spirits’ with haunting brain-melters that fuse modular synths, jazzy musicianship and trance-like rhythms
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  15. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Proof of just how far Holden has strayed from even the loosest bonds of club music
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A dizzying fusion
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  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Mixes minimalism, astral jazz and the rhythmic textures of north African gnawa music. The results are often joyous
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