Billy Gil, Hollywood 01/14/2015
Released the same year as the superb Merriweather Post Pavillion,Fall Be Kind could’ve been a tossed-off set of outtakes. Instead, it stands as one of the stronger releases in the band’s catalog, full of beautiful, airy melodies that waft by and slowly envelop you. Though still plenty experimental and leaning toward ambient, it’s the prettiest the band ever let themselves get.
James Elliott 08/13/2010
Following on the heels of the excellent Merriweather Post Pavilion, 2009’s Fall Be Kind EP finds Animal Collective releasing some songs created around the making of that last full-length. The coherence of the EP elevates it far above mere outtake fodder. Opening song “Graze” boasts layered vocal harmonies, flute samples and a Brit-folk inspired stomping rhythm that’s utterly infectious. The EP flows on into the following songs, offering the kind of seamless integration of electronics, sampling (the first legally licensed sample of the Grateful Dead on record!) and organic songwriting that makes Animal Collective one of the most progressive and engaging art-rock bands around. It seems as though this band can do no wrong of late, and Fall Be Kind certainly backs up that notion. Highly recommended.