Review: Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion


Pretty Much Amazing: “Take the time to really listen and understand what direction Animal Collective is trying to go. If you do, I think you’ll find a band you can really get behind: A band that makes music for music lovers.”

Pitchfork: “Although it will be tagged as Animal Collective’s “pop” album, Merriweather Post Pavilionremains drenched in their idiosyncratic sound, a record that no one else could have made.” “But Merriweather feels like a joyous meeting in a well-earned, middle place– the result of all their explorations pieced together to create something accessible and complete.”

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Not much has been left unsaid about Animal Collective’s newest album Merriweather Post Pavillion. Those two quotes above give a fine example of the kind of perfection and praise that this album is receiving, and has been receiving for weeks now.

My personal history with Animal Collective has been a bit rocky, I have to admit. At first I hated the group for their music, it was just so weird and different and felt so disjointed upon first look, but when I took the time to listen to an album all the way through it became quite apparent that they truly were making music for music lovers. And Merriweather is no different, an album steeped in more harmonious vocals and musical clarity than any of their other works, this disc is one of the most impressive I’ve heard in a very long time. 

Tracks like “My Girls” and “Brother Sport” are monstrous songs that will catch you by surprise if you’ve never listened to Animal Collective before. As the P4K reviewer said, this disc is certainly their “pop” album, and that’s why it has so much potential. “My Girls” is their most accessible track to date, but that’s not to take away from it because it’s probably going to go down as their finest track ever laid down as well.  “Brother Sport” reminds listeners of AC member Panda Bear’s incredible album Person Pitch released in 2007. 

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It really would be easy to go on about Merriweather for thousands of words, but there would be no reason, because like any other Animal Collective album this just has to be heard and an opinion formed on your own, not through reading this review or another number of the thousands now out there. All I can say fro sure is that this is AC’s best album, most accessible album for first time listeners, and and album that will be talked about for years to come. 

9  9.5  10/10

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3 Responses to “Review: Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion

  1. WEB SHERIFF
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    Hi ‘MI’,

    On behalf of Domino Records and Animal Collective, we would kindly ask you not to post copies of “Merriweather Post Pavillion” on your site (or any multiple track selection from the artist’s new album – street date 12th January and with special, vinyl release on 6th Jan).

    We do appreciate that you are fans of / are promoting Animal Collective, but the label and artist would greatly appreciate your co-operation in removing your links to the pirate files in question.

    Thank you for respecting the artist’s and label’s wishes … .. and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then promo streams of the full album have been made available for fans to link to (but not to host or post), including at http://www.nme.com/mediaPlayer&playlist_id=1902 and http://au.myspace.com/dominorecordsoz … .. for info on “Merriweather Post Pavillion” and the band’s 2009 shows, check-out http://www.myspace.com/animalcollectivetheband and http://www.myanimalhome.net … .. and you can also view Animal Collective videos at http://www.youtube.com/dominorecords.

    As you will appreciate, this e-mail is written on a without prejudice basis and, as such, all of our clients’ accumulated, worldwide rights and remedies remain strictly reserved : please excuse this required formality.

    With Thanks & Regards,

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  2. ericbandloveaffair Says:

    *shaking fist in anger*

  3. […] Veckatimist, there’s a new sheriff in town for second best album of the year (yes, of course Merriweather is first). It’s an album that’s slightly underrated, never hyped like the beasts that […]

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