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Merriweather Post Pavilion

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In The Flowers
My Girls
Also Frightened
Summertime Clothes
Daily Routine
Guys Eyes
Lion In A Coma
No More Runnin
Brother Sport
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 54:45

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Corey duBrowa


Pure pop with all the radio frequencies ripped out, and one of 2009's early greats
2009 | Label: Domino Recording Co

With all apologies to the Stooges and "1969," it's now "2009 okay/ Across the USA/ Another year for me and you/ Another year with nothin 'to do." But with the dawning of this new year comes renewed hope for our godforsaken country, our roughed-up economy, our tattered national reputation — and some new music, too. More reasons to be cheerful — and among them perhaps the first great album of the year, Merriweather Post Pavilion.… read more »

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i write this in 2013 and still can't think of a more definitive album to describe the leaps and bounds that current pop-alt-electronic has taken in the last several years. this should be in any-and-all serious music collections....no excuses. to describe the music would require volumes but it can be in the same breath manic, joyous, brooding, and mesmerizing. you're just never sure which way it's gonna go but you can trust you'll be feeling it. one of the best albums you could ever own.

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Turn it up


I listened to this on a drive through eastern Idaho--brilliant sun falling over the last of July and the barley fields. The music was not a soundtrack to that: it filled the bright world with even more gorgeous and gleam. Turn it up and let it fill your head.

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Best of 2009


The fact that I’m still raving to people about this January release means it’s worthy of the top spot on my list. The whole album is a swirl of technicolor and happiness, even when the lyrics are going somewhere else. “My Girls” and “Summertime Clothes”, both variations-on-a-theme songs, are particular stand-outs for me.

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Really really awesome


2009 is the year of Animal Collective. But it is still OK to listen to it in 2010

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Transcendent, Brilliant Music


I'll have to admit, I bought this album on the strength of its critical reception, not because the music immediately grabbed me. Boy, was that a good decision. Over a few listens, my reaction has morphed from bewilderment, to cautious acceptance, to unbridled joy. This is complex and abstract music, yes, but it is also infectious, fascinating, poignant, and funny. Art exists to help us understand life. Bad art is a cheap imitation of life. Good art is an accurate reflection of life. Great art is something else entirely: It holds a looking-glass up to the world, and then leads us through it. It shows us something as beautiful and complex as the world, but just different enough to make us think. Bach did this, Chopin did this, Miles Davis did this, and the Beatles did this. Did Animal Collective do this? Darned if I know. But I think they came close.

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Wildly Praised


But, so far I feel like the victim of a pickpocket --- not to worry though --- since all I had in my wallet was two dollars and an old Blockbuster card.

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This album sounds like 'Pet Sounds' recycled with way too much reverb and delay. I seriously hear no "music" in this album. Just noise.

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popudelic beats


deserves more airplay. precious arty delicate pleasantries with candy coated layers of sweetness. the future of drug addled neutered masculinity.

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Trance-like and exuberant all at once!


This album is incredible! I resisted it at first, but slowly it crept into my musical consciousness and now there's no escaping it...this is one of the best albums I've heard in years. I love it when a group takes what I refer to as "musical chances", in other words, just channeling the music through their voices/instruments/electro-gadgets without any regard for radio playability. In that regard, this album hits the nail on the head. I liken it to Bjork's Homogenic, which was and still is practically impossible to classify. My one and only disappointment with this CD is that it is the first I've heard from AC, and I'm completely not impressed by anything they did prior to this. Listening to the clips, it sounds like Art of Noise minus the art. Maybe I'll warm up to it? We'll see. In the meantime, if you've never heard their music, download the entire CD immediately!

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Warm and Lovely


Not a chilly exercise in bloodless music like Grizzly Bear (sorry guys, I tried) but some lovely tunes that get better with listening.

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Six Degrees of Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion

By Mike Powell, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Animal Collective have brought the celestial down to earth with each record, but they’ve never sounded simultaneously otherworldly and approachable quite like they do on Merriweather Post Pavilion. Their eighth studio LP, it finds them at their best — straining farther away from conventional song structure and accompaniment, even while doubling back to reach lyrical themes and modes of singing at their most basic or child-like. Where before AC expertly inserted experimental snippets into relatively straight-ahead songs, Merriweather Post Pavilion sees them reach some kind of denouement where pop music ends and pure sonic experience begins — the sound is the only structure. Dismantling the framework of a pop song almost entirely (but using recurring passages in a very poppy way), the group offer a series of overlapping circular elements, all of which occasionally come together for a chorus but then break apart just as quickly. The music itself, at least what’s describable about it, consists of deep bass pulses and art-damaged guitars with overlapping vocal harmonies that rise in a holy chorus. This may sound much like previous Animal Collective highlights, but where those records seemed like a series of accidental masterpieces — the type of work that sounds brilliant only because it’s been culled from hundreds of hours of tape — Merriweather Post Pavilion is a perfectly organized record, not a note out of place, not a second wasted. It has the excitement and energy of Sung Tongs, the ragged sonic glory of Feels, and Strawberry Jam’s ability to make separate parts come together in a glorious whole. Like the best experimental rockers surging toward nirvana — from the Beach Boys to Mercury Rev — Animal Collective have not only created a private soundworld like none other, they’ve also made it an inviting place to visit. – John Bush

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