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Animal Collective: Fall Be Kind

<em>Fall Be Kind</em> plays like a &ldquo;chilled-out side three&rdquo; to <em>Merriweather Post Pavillion,</em> the album released earlier this year by Animal Collective, said Steven Hyden in <em>The Onion

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Fall Be Kind plays like a “chilled-out side three” to Merriweather Post Pavillion, the album released earlier this year by the “cagey hippies” of Animal Collective, said Steven Hyden in The Onion. Featuring just five songs, this EP proves a “worthy­ epilogue to an all-time classic.” The trip begins with “Graze.” A Techni­color swirl of a song, it floats by with Noah Lennox’s echoing vocals and crescendoing strings before “gently easing” into a “jaunty electro-­polka” jig. As odd as all that sounds, the song works, said Mark Richardson in Pitchforkmedia.com. “Graze” flows directly into “What Would I Want? Sky,” which weaves in the Grateful Dead’s “Unbroken Chain,” the first sample that band has officially licensed. It may have been the Dead’s smartest marketing move since the band “greenlighted Cherry Garcia” ice cream. The song sounds “as natural as something that grew out of the Earth,” and Animal Collective seems wonderfully at ease as its year of crossover success comes to a close. The band can look back at 2009 and wave its freak flag high.

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