Rough Trade Records 
Fire Note Says: Warpaint's debut will impress you with its composure.
There has been considerable hype over the lo-fi pop bands this year and especially anyone with a female vocal but just when you start thinking it's the best thing since sliced bread, a band like Warpaint comes along and changes the game. This female quartet's debut, The Fool, is shoegazey, gloomy, post-punky, classy and downright catchy. It has a slow burning pace lead by the earthy vocals of Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, supported by the full band sound of guitars, bass and drums. It is this mix of styles and utter confidence that makes The Fool sound so strong and as if Warpaint has been around for ten years. Recorded in LA, The Fool was produced by Tom Biller (Beck, Karen O, Liars), with further mixes from Andrew Weatherall (New Order, Primal Scream, Bjork) and Adam Samuels (John Frusciante, Daniel Lanois). Basically, the right personnel was sought out for this album and sonically it sounds fantastic. Songs like "Undertow" stroll perfectly down an indie path with its controlled pace and burning energy, while "Composure" has a very different and pieced together avant-garde attack. Then the band still can surprise you with a track like "Baby", as it is a sincere ballad with no frills - just a solid song. Most tracks pass the 5 minute mark, as the records 9 songs equate a 47 minute listening experience. The Fool is an album that deserves and needs repeat listens to totally appreciate its grace. Warpaint makes you quickly realize that no matter how some bands can distort, fuzz out or deconstruct their music there will always be room in the player for a solid slow burning record that just plays it straight with great vocals, guitars, bass and drums!
Key Tracks: "Undertow", "Baby", "Shadows"
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony