Even the Animals self-titled EP is a sea change album even though the listener is coming to this song cycle without knowing when preceded it. It’s good enough to transmute its own unspoken past into these eight tracks that resonate like poetry (only not so precious). And, in a way, to write what might otherwise be a breakup album out of thin air leaves the impression of brokenness as some sort of foundation. The break is not the catalyst, but the norm. And there’s something beautifully human about that — about living with a certain low-level sadness that doesn’t color a day as much as reverberate within it.
-Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress