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Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Posted on 17 September 2010 by Joe

Merriweather Post Pavilion, the 6th album from New York’s Animal Collective, has been named the first great album of 2009 by several critics. Releasing the album in the muscially lean 1st weeks of January was a smart idea, allowing the album to stand up on its own.

Time will tell whether the claims of greatness are overstated, but it is an exciting and accomplished album that evokes the Beach Boys and The Flaming Lips in equal measure. The songs are warm and poppy built atop swirling loops and beats. ‘My Girls’ and ‘Summertime Clothes’ are alternate reality chart hits, out of step with their winter setting.

It is their most fully formed album to date. Too weird in parts to crack the mainstream, but offering some real delights to anyone willing to give it a listen. It lacks some of the jarring excitement of their previous release Strawberry Jam, taking many of its cues from the Panda Bear solo album, but it is a more cohesive listen than either of those.

The album does start to tail off two thirds in, not because the latter songs aren’t good, but because the album has a similar pace and feel throughout. It is a good album, very good, just not great and I’d be dissapointed if it turned out to be the best we are going to hear in 2009.

8/10

by Dorian Roger, Jan 2009

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