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Editors’ Notes

A leftfield marriage of summery Beach Boys vibes, churning electronic music, and psychedelic noise, Animal Collective's trippy eighth album stretched the boundaries of what could be considered pop. "My Girls" is a maelstrom of synths, beats, and layered chanting, but it's catchier than a cold. Tracks like "Guys Eyes" feature traffic jams of tribal drumming, yet give way to gorgeous vocal lines. Endlessly complex, with knotty arrangements that bloom like marigolds, this record offers an initially tough but extra-rewarding listen.

Customer Reviews

outstanding

11 purple bottles on one album.

Mmhmm.

In the past, Animal Collective has been known for their strange sounds and almost incomprehensible arrangement, but with Merriweather Post Pavillion, it all falls into place. Still deliciously unorganized, these songs are more understandable than past tunes have been, but they have not lost any of that original quirk. What I also find really enjoyable is the slight African influences, with both the vocals and the percussion. It's a little bit like as if Vampire Weekend was chewed up by a robot and spat back out in neon colours. Great must-haves include Brother Sport and Summertime Clothes. Enjoy!

Can't listen to it

I got this album based on the many laudatory, almost worshipful reviews. Sad to say, I cannot understand what these people are hearing. I am an eclectic music lover, who actually likes any genre provided "it's good". What I hear when I listen to this album (and I have gamely tried at least ten times to listen for something I had not yet heard), is a cacophony of over-produced, melody-free and lyrically vacant tracks. What ties them together is the inability to choose which theme or instruments to bring to the front, the constant feeling that no one could decide which sounds did not belong, and the insipid choral channeling of the worst Beach Boys harmonies. If you want more Beach Boy-esque stuff, listen to the Shins. If you want more electronic stuff, try Air, Boards of Canada or Zero7. I'll even take Of Montreal, which bears a passing resemblance, but has focused production, tighter song structures and lyrics, even if they are challenging. As for Animal Collective, I don't doubt that there are people who love it, but I just can't listen to it. Sorry.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Animal Collective were formed in Baltimore County, Maryland, by longtime friends and musical collaborators Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). With a penchant for genre-hopping and studio experimentation, the group began drawing comparisons to everyone from the Residents and the Flaming Lips to the Incredible String Band and the Holy Modal Rounders. Solo and side projects proved to be a continual occupation for most of the group's...
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