"The animal collective this godawful album most often calls to mind is the Pathetic Sharks from Viz. There's no shortage of great modern psych out there right now, so I can only counsel you to avoid Painting With like a children's birthday party. If it's mystery you want, stick with Grumbling Fur. If you're after exuberant polyrhythms, pray that the Boredoms release something soon. If you want a picture of the future for Animal Collective, imagine a digitally animated clown shoe stamping on a human face – forever."
Sometime Animal Collective fan Lee Arizuno is most avowedly not a fan of new album Painting With. I can't help but allow his review for the Quietus to colour my judgement on whether or not to give them another chance.