animal! is much better than your review makes it out to be. It's definitely an album that grows on you and needs to be listened to multiple times before it really starts to sink in.
How can you assume that it has no staying power already? I'm assuming you either downloaded the leak or got an advance, and unless I'm mistaken, it's only been like a week since that's happened. I also disagree with a lot of other stuff that your review mentions but that was really glaring to me. Staying power is not just "will I remember these songs tomorrow?", it's "will I remember these songs in months to come?".
im glad that people disagree with certain parts of the review. obviously these are the sorts of albums that are organic enough to change with enough listens. however, i write with what i have to go on. maybe after 80 more listens, opinions may change. in terms of the questions about it being too early to rule on staying power, how do you think every other review is done on this site? "Lasting Value" is evaluated in every review and it's true, we often review an album after a week's worth of listenings (usually around 20-25, for me), but that shouldn't necessitate the negation of some sort of predicition. if i could see the future ("in months to come"), im sure it would make things a lot easier.
that said, i calls 'em like i sees 'em. talented band, some truly excellent songs, and some rather dull songs. in the end, i find more interest in the balance of mixes.
and 77% isn't mediocre.
that is all.