Monday, January 5, 2009

Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion


I guess I don't really get it.

I love experimental music and I am from Baltimore (Merriweather Post was where I used to spend my summers watching concerts), so I am predisposed to like Animal Collective, but I just haven't been won over yet.

The calls for 'album of 2009' are absolutely rediculous both becuase we are in the first week and more importantly this album just isn't spectacular. Pitchfork gave Merriweather a 9.6 rating, SPIN - 4 stars.

I don't think this is terrible by any means, here are some of my favorite tracks off Merriweather Post Pavilion below, I just think all the hype has tarnished these guys a little bit.

DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective- Summertime Clothes

DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective- Bluish

DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective- Guys Eyes



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Justin said...

I dont know how many times youve listend to MPP,i think i have to have listened to it at least 20 something times already.I think it is an amazing piece of work,and deffinitly will be a top runner on many critics best of 09 lists.I would reccomend giving it some more time.Try listing with headphones (if you havent already done so)

HowMarvellous said...

I'm with mikerog; just can't get it, headphones or no. Feels like I should be liking it, but just not that great; tho' I am happy it's making many people's 2009... but to be sure it's too soon to call it album of the year?

John said...

I'm going to have to disagree with your post, and side with Justin on this one. Animal Collective's latest is a true work of art- a collaboration of the experimentation which they have used so freely over the past 8 years or so. It's a fantastic album, very listenable, and quite catchy. Without a doubt, one of the frontrunners for "best of 2009" status.