Fall Be Kind is an EP by Animal Collective, released digitally in MP3 and WAV formats on November 23, 2009, and as both a CD and 12" vinyl in the UK on December 14, 2009, and in the US on December 15, 2009. Some stores in Australia and New Zealand began selling it more than a week earlier, due to the band's touring presence there at the time.
On November 18, 2009, Domino Records accidentally sent pre-ordered CDs of Fall Be Kind to customers before the actual release date, resulting in a lossless digital version leaking, in its entirety, onto the internet.
Recorded by Ben Allen at Sweet Tea in Oxford, MS in February 2008, and at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY August 2009, Fall Be Kind includes recent live favorites "Graze" and "What Would I Want? Sky" (featuring the first ever licensed Grateful Dead sample), as well as being the second song ever to receive a perfect "10" from the music criticism website Pitchfork Media.
Fall Be Kind has received universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 84, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim". Lewis P. from Sputnikmusic claimed "it had the impossible task of following up one of the most hyped albums of this decade and yet it barely breaks a sweat." He went on to give a perfect rating.
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