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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2014
Warpaint's debut LP "The Fool" was one of 2010's hidden gems, it deserved so much more praise that I felt it had at the time.

Or maybe it DID get noticed? The past few months have seen a build up to what is arguably the biggest LP release of 2014 so far, as radio play has stepped up a bit, advertising for it is all over the internet, so its been impossible to miss that "its coming"!

Along with a checklist of cool, Flood producing, Radiohead's producer mixing a couple of tracks, and the mighty Chris Cunnigham (doing not only the photos and artwork, but also their videos and filming them docu-style in the making of the album), all the pieces are there, so now its just down to the power of the music.

And this is where Warpaint will catch you out, they are not the band you want them to be, or think they will be. I call them a very "stick-to-their-guns" girl group who don't much care for the now, or be bended by conventions you might hold on progressing from their debut album.

From the opening minute of their debut album, Warpaint where sticks in the mud. As an opening song "Set your arms down" on "The Fool" came across the speakers, it spoke volumes as a "here we are, we don't care, we are doing things our way" kind-of attitude to it. It was a slow, deliberate, atmospheric opening gambit that still rings true on this sequel.

Hence then the review scores around maybe don't really reflect what is going on here. Personal prefferences aside (I prefer the other album as it had better songs) it is very much a screw-you part 2 of slow, atmospheric songs, with no sign of a number 1 sell-out single on it (although "Love is to die" has done well on alternative radio)

So then, no sell-out for Warpaint this time around. Will it come? Only they hold the power to choose!

Vinyl edition is very nice, good sound and a quality pressing.

If you have ever liked The Cure, Nick Cave or anything remotely regarded as brooding and atmospheric, Warpaint could be your new favourite band.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 February 2014
This album has had (very) mixed reviews and it's taken some time for it to sink in with me since I think even it's admirer's would admit it is hardly packed with hooks! However I've found it to be a definite grower that can be summed up as; "bass heavy post-punk with wispy shoe-gazer vocals". The post-punk bit I like being a real fan of the genre and especially those late70's/early 80's bands that inspired by reggae pushed the bass to the fore of their sound (think 'PiL', 'Delta 5', 'Au Pairs', 'Slits', 'Young Marble Giants', 'Joy Division', 'A Certain Ratio', 23 Skidoo', 'The Fall' and so on). The bass driven grooves are embellished with flecks of guitar and synth with memorable synth-riffing on the single, "Biggy". The vocals are more problematic being ethereal and intangible in the main, just like the early 90's shoe-gazer bands, thereby not really doing the music justice. Nevertheless the best track (by far) hints at a solution to the vocal problem, "Disco//Very" which contains excellent chanted, slightly discordant vocal harmonies and a taut, moody groove --- more of this sort of thing in the future would be welcome.

Therefore a solid sophomore album; a slight improvement over their 1st in my opinion despite the manifest lack of true originality (hard to achieve these days!) and it is somewhat brave (or foolish in this Spotify-age) to put out an album that is so inaccessible without considerable effort on the part of the listener.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2014
I feel that Warpaint have really grown into their sound. This is their best album yet. Buy this album now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
The good tracks, there are six in my view, are excellent. The other songs are fillers and so a bit inconsistent overall. And not enough material to fill 4 sides of vinyl so you get the band's logo etched on the 4th side! Unlike many reviewers, I prefer this to the Fool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2014
This popped up as an Amazon recommendation - one of their best ever. This just grips you and whisks you away. Atmospheric, visceral and standing up to intense listening as well as brilliant mood music, this is well worth a listen.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2014
Warpaint is undoubtedly one of my all time favourite bands, and therefore I had to listen to this album a few times before finally coming to any sort of conclusion. Especially given that Warpaint don't have the most accessible sound.

This album certainly isn't The Fool v2. There aren't nearly as many jangly guitar lines weaving together nor as many vocal harmonies, for instance. Rather, they've very much taken an electronic direction. I wouldn't go so far as to say electronic sounds have replaced the guitar lines. Rather, I think the biggest shortcoming of this album is that, in a lot of the songs, nothing seems to have replaced the guitars. The stronger tracks have managed to replace the guitars with new electronic sounds. Biggy, for instance, has a that nice chunky synth riff.

The first five tracks are no doubt the strongest. Unfortunately, tracks 6-10 seem to disrupt the overall flow of the album. Disco//very is very grinding, Go In is very forgettable, and the same could be said of Feeling Alright and CC. However, they do all have that eerie, sweet, mysterious, ethereal, dark and brooding Warpaint flavour that I've have become so fond of. They just lack substance. The last two tracks sound more like the Warpaint I know and love. They seem to be less boneless than the 5 preceding tracks. They are more structured and have more of Warpaint's gorgeous vocal harmonies. Drive is, in fact, for me one of the high points of the album. Son, as well, manages to combine a guitar sound reminiscent of Radiohead's the bends and Lana Del Rey type vocals, and created something that is so utterly Warpaint.

Although I am slightly disappointed, I think this album will only improve with further listening. Just as The Fool did a few years back.
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on 21 July 2014
I like to think I have a really open mind to musical styles. I love dub, drum and bass, electronica, plus artists like Bjork, Agnes Obel, Kate Bush, Bat for Lashes, Juana Molina. Plus my early musical heroes were Bauhaus, Bowie, Joy division and the Banshees. Warpaint somehow combine all of these diverse favourites into something really cool, original, poppy and edgy! with great basslines and strange rhythms. Seeing them at Glastonbury 2014 really sealed my love of the band!
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on 24 March 2014
Came very quickly and undamaged, and my brother loves the music, which is great since it was a surprise present for him before he went to see the band live in concert for his birthday. Only downside is it is one of those annoying cardboard cd cases rather than the far more substantial plastic cases. Luckily it wasn't bent on delivery!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2014
A grinding twisted compelling intro and we are off on the Warpaint path of atmospheric mesmerizing indie. 'Keep It Healthy' is more of the same with their trademark guitar intertwining riffs "i could not believe what I was seeing". Suppose the review should stop here. Song descriptions are not really that important as each number sounds fairly similar to the others but this is not a problem because it is such a good formula that you want to re-listen & re-listen without boredom ever creeping in. Weakest track is probably 'Disco//Very' but even this is fine. Star tracks are the already mentioned 'Keep It Healthy, 'Biggy' with its deep resonant synth motif & melancholic vocals "made of a lover", 'Teese' floats in its dream like qualities "i mean more now i want more now i'm in heaven", 'Feeling Alright' wonderful compelling atmosphere and final track 'Son' is beautifully sung over plaintive piano chords....and difficult me thinks (to sing like this)...yep talented "standing in the garden got my number from the one who says go on". Warpaint are Stella, Jenny, Emily & Theresa and these are stellar gentle immaculate terrific soundscapes. [the 2x12" 33⅓rpm vinyl with 4th side etching plus gatefold sleeve with 4 brilliant inner individual pic sleeves is simply sublime]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 January 2014
The all-female quartet seemingly has been around since forever (actually since 2007 or so), but they have released only one full-length album (2010's "The Fool") to date. After what seems to be an endless wait, now finally comes the band's second album. If you are not familiar with the band's sound, think (early) The Like-meets-(early) The Cure.

"Warpaint" (12 tracks; 51 min.) starts off with a delightful 2 min. "Intro", which is actually one of the best tracks on here, and which immediately showcases the band's evolved, fuller sound. This also comes across a bit later on "Love Is To Die" (1st single), about as accessible as the band has ever sounded, while maintaining its own unique style. The band slows things down considerably on "Teese", with great acoustic guitar upfront. THE track on this album is arguably "Disco//very", which does have a certain dance-driven beat to it but surely isn't 'disco' as such. The album starts to lag a bit towards the end, although I like the psychedelic-reminding "CC" quite a bit, but the album would've been stronger/more focused had one or two songs been let off (such as the closer "Son"). But in the end it's a minor quibble. The band's growth on this album as compared to "The Fool" is amazing, and one could honestly make the argument that "Warpaint" is the great leap forward for this band. Please note that the album was produced by none other than Flood and mixed by Flood and Nigel Godrich

I had the good fortune of seeing Warpaint in concert twice last Fall in a matter of 2 weeks, once at the Laneway Festival at the Meadowbrooks in Detroit, and then again at the MidPoint Music Festival here in Cincinnati. They played similar sets, and previewed a number of tracks from the then still unreleased album, including Intro, Keep It Healthy, Hi, and Love Is To Die (but unfortunately not Disco//very), and all of these tracks sounded much heavier in concert as compared to on the new album. If you have a chance to see these ladies live, do not miss them! Meanwhile, "Warpaint" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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